Sustainable agriculture addresses many environmental and social concerns, it also offers innovative and economically viable opportunities for growers, laborers, consumers, policymakers and many others in the entire food system.
Sustainability rests on the principle that we must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This means, stewardship of both natural and human resources is of prime importance. Stewardship of human resources includes consideration of social responsibilities such as working and living conditions of laborers, the needs of rural communities, and consumer health and safety both in the present and the future. Stewardship of land and natural resources involves maintaining or enhancing this vital resource base for the long term.
Sustainable agriculture integrates three main goals–environmental health, economic profitability, and social and economic equity. A variety of philosophies, policies and practices have contributed to these goals. People in many different capacities, from farmers to consumers, have shared this vision and contributed to it.
Sustainable agriculture means that we use the resources available to us to meet our growing food needs, but we must ensure that we do not compromise those resources or deplete them for the next generation…
It means combining what we know now and knew before, the local/indigenous knowledge and conventional knowledge/science