The world is crying out for salvation. There is not enough to eat in some places and too much consumption and waste in others. It is always relevant to talk about sustainable agriculture. In the realm of ecology and environmentalism, it receives little attention in urban areas. Hence, I started this blog to reach the masses, or so I hope.
We know about renewable energy and conserving precious resources. This includes farming land. Any thought of the Dust Bowl area reminds us of the pitfalls of irresponsible farming. The textbook definition of sustainable farming is to meets society’s food needs without compromising the soil so that future generations can benefit from the preserved ecosystem.
The underlying goal is to foster good health among the citizens by addressing their primary needs. Most of us don’t think about our health unless we get sick. It is better to take preventative measures. This goes for agriculture as well as personal hygiene. Next to food production, it is a close second in importance.
How healthy do you think you are? Answer these questions:
- Do you eat fruits and vegetables and eschew red meat?
- How much water do you drink every day?
- Do you value personal cleanliness in your daily life?
- Do you keep a good home environment free of debris and germs?
- Are you conversant with basic bodily functions such as regularity?
The last point is no trivial matter, even if it is a taboo topic. This is why I bring it up. I just bought a new toilet suited to my height. It is called a “comfort height toilet” and it does just what it says. It is well worth the expense given how much time you spend on it day and night. I suppose it would be more relevant to advocate for a composting model because it is sustainable in the true sense. But I will let that ride.
The salesman pointed out the significant role of hygiene in maintaining good health in the effort to upsell me on a self-cleaning model. It is not a bad idea if you are a bit lax in your household chores. Of course, he didn’t have to convince me of the obvious. Sustainable agriculture should be equally apparent, but somehow it is as obscure a dinner table topic as toilet habits.
Clearly, human health is a broad topic that includes nutrition and diet as well as personal habits. It has everything to do with food production and consumption. And underlying its meaning is the need for responsibility. Join me in reflecting on all the dimensions involved that affect our lives.
The process of producing everything that we eat, anything and everything that grows in the ground, is called agriculture. This is also referred to as farming, scientists and inventors from all around the world have come up with technological advancements to make farming a better experience for farmers. The 20th and 21st century saw significant changes in this field (pun intended).
A substantial role of agriculture in the economic development of a country can be understood as the following:
The agricultural sector plays a pivotal role in trade since it makes significant contributions to the same. For example: The United States ship out goods to the UK and the UK does the same because you find certain products only in certain countries.
Agriculture makes considerable contributions to the economic prosperity of a country. When the per capita income is not that high, and the emphasis which is being laid on agriculture and other industries whose primary goal is to pump out products for trade, becomes more elevated. The increase in farming activities can be related to the rise in the per capita income of a community, or even a nation, with industrialization and the urbanization leading to the stark increase in agricultural activities, it does profit all those who are involved. England’s history can be crystal clear evidence that an agrarian revolution preceded the industrial revolution. Even in countries like the United States, agricultural development has helped a lot when it comes to industrialization. We can agree that industrial and agricultural advancements are not opposite one another but indeed are complimentary and would mutually support one another, like having a symbiotic relationship when it comes to inputs as well as outputs. The increase in the agricultural activities directly contributes to the output in trade and in-turn influences our income as well. Here are some direct ways Agriculture influences the economy:
– It provides raw material and food to the sectors of the economy which are non-agricultural.
– Provides a surplus which is investable in the form of savings and taxes which are going to be invested in the non-agricultural sector.
– Through foreign export of agricultural products, it earns valuable foreign exchange currencies.
– Provides a form of employment and creates hundreds of thousands of jobs all year round, all across the globe, which in many ways affects the economy. Most of these jobs can be filled up by people who have brawn and strength; they don’t need any sorts of education. Skills are all that matter here.
– If the process of the development of an economy is supposed to be made self-sustaining, the agricultural is where it should begin. It acts as sort of a backbone to the economy in many ways and provides the essential ingredients in the form of raw materials for us humans for the process of industrialization.
A lot of farmers have been springing up across the country, and of course, farming has been around since the dawn of civilization. Some people realize that it’s too noisy in the city and decide to hack it on their farm where they raise cattle, poultry, and all sorts of farm animals. Their primary objective will be to grow crops, veggies of all kinds and sell them at farmers markets and grocery stores. This is how they make a living. And farming isn’t as primitive as before, scientists and inventors have come up with technologies that make farming life much more comfortable and less worrisome. But there is indeed a lot of work involved. And many cities truly have adopted a pro-agriculture ordinance that provides a blueprint for a new economic future which is indeed grounded in the sustainable production of food. Here is a list of a few of those cities:
Austin, Texas provide more than 100,000 pounds of amazingly fresh produce annually. The YMCA gardening project dates back to 1975, and of course, the fast-growing city is no stranger at all to some sustainable thinking.
Portland, Oregon has just about 30 farmers markets which pump out amazingly fresh produce, 22 acres of community gardens completely dedicated to producing veggies of all kinds. There are so many small farms just outside the city which do indeed provide a local food economy.
Cleveland, Ohio’s agricultural sector has considerably gained serious momentum in the recent years. They began adopting a green space policy in the year 2005. Their farming activities have surely been thriving and resilient.
Chicago, Illinois adopted an urban agricultural policy and gained permits in the year 2011, to practice farming activities within the city limits. This includes roof gardens, apiaries, huge farmers markets, community gardens which produce all kinds of vegetables and fruits. All of these make Chicago a healthy and safe place to live and work. They have around 70 food trucks, 25 amazing markets and many places that sell produce year round. They also have 65 urban farms and gardens which promote urban agriculture and an ever growing and evergreen bounty of restaurants with rooftop gardens.