Sustainable Agriculture
Sustainability <ul><li>Sustainability  is the capacity to endure  </li></ul><ul><li>Returning natural resources to the sou...
Water <ul><li>Irrigation in Mid-west and California </li></ul><ul><li>Drained aquifers </li></ul><ul><li>Concentrated salt...
Water <ul><li>Use varieties selected for climate </li></ul><ul><li>Grow drought resistant plants </li></ul><ul><li>Use dri...
Soil <ul><li>Over-dependence on chemical fertilizer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pollution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chemical Im...
Sustaining Soil <ul><li>Return Organic matter to the soil </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Compost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green M...
Energy <ul><li>Burning Fossil Fuels concentrates CO2 in the atmosphere </li></ul><ul><li>America imports 75% of the oil it...
Energy <ul><li>Increase use  of alternative forms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wind </li></ul></...
Economics <ul><li>Large scale agriculture returns only  ¢ 9 of every dollar spent on food to the farmer </li></ul><ul><li>...
Local Farming <ul><li>Farmer gets most of the food dollar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pays a living wage </li></ul></ul><ul><li>...
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5 4 sustainable agriculture

  1. 1. Sustainable Agriculture
  2. 2. Sustainability <ul><li>Sustainability is the capacity to endure </li></ul><ul><li>Returning natural resources to the source </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Soil Fertility & Tilth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plant & Animal Health </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Water <ul><li>Irrigation in Mid-west and California </li></ul><ul><li>Drained aquifers </li></ul><ul><li>Concentrated salts in soil </li></ul><ul><li>System will crash if something is not changed </li></ul>
  4. 4. Water <ul><li>Use varieties selected for climate </li></ul><ul><li>Grow drought resistant plants </li></ul><ul><li>Use drip irrigation </li></ul>
  5. 5. Soil <ul><li>Over-dependence on chemical fertilizer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pollution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chemical Imbalance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor tilth </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Sustaining Soil <ul><li>Return Organic matter to the soil </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Compost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Manures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prevent erosion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t fertilize unless absolutely necessary </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Energy <ul><li>Burning Fossil Fuels concentrates CO2 in the atmosphere </li></ul><ul><li>America imports 75% of the oil it uses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>½ from Persian Gulf nations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>America’s production is declining rapidly </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Most of America’s electricity comes from coal burning plants </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coal mining is extremely environmentally destructive </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Energy <ul><li>Increase use of alternative forms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wind </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biological </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use shade and wind for cooling </li></ul>
  9. 9. Economics <ul><li>Large scale agriculture returns only ¢ 9 of every dollar spent on food to the farmer </li></ul><ul><li>Most farmers are hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt </li></ul><ul><li>It costs more to grow corn and produce milk than the products are worth </li></ul><ul><li>Farm subsidies consume $18 billion/year </li></ul><ul><li>75% of subsidies go to the top 10% farms </li></ul>
  10. 10. Local Farming <ul><li>Farmer gets most of the food dollar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pays a living wage </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Less transportation costs/time </li></ul><ul><li>Good for local economy </li></ul><ul><li>Food is fresher & healthier </li></ul>

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