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Sustainable Agriculture - For You, Your Community, And Your World
In recent years, there has been a heavy emphasis on eating locally, as consumers have increasingly recognized the benefits of knowing where their food comes from and the processes it undergoes before it reaches their home. If you have started to incorporate local foods in your diet, you have taken the first step toward a better life. However, this is not where your food journey ends; you should also consider the sustainability of your food.
Sustainable agriculture is a method of producing food in a way that is good for everyone, from the consumers, to the environment, to the animals. In order to pursue this type of farming, producers focus on practices that will not harm the environment. For instance, farmers who focus on sustainability do not use toxic chemicals, such as pesticides and fertilizers, on their crops. Instead, they rely on natural remedies to keep their plants growing strong. Farmers who raise animals make sure that their herd is raised in a manner that again, relies on natural sources of growth and nutrition.
Sustainable farming benefits everyone involved. The animals are content because they are allowed to live and grow the way that nature intended, with large pasture areas where they can graze, develop, and enjoy life. Buffalo (Bison) are a perfect example of this and another reason why to choose Buffalo. The farmers are happy because by utilizing sustainable practices, they ensure that their animals and crops can be grown on the same land for many years to come, since they are using it responsibly and respectfully rather than razing it with destructive practices and chemicals. The environment benefits because natural methods are used, so no dangerous chemicals are entering the ecosystem. Finally, the consumers benefit because their food makes it from farm to table without coming into contact with hazardous chemicals that could threaten human health and well-being.
Fortunately, more and more farmers and consumers are recognizing that they can benefit both themselves and their communities by supporting sustainable agriculture. The NH farming community is fortunate to have many responsible producers who have proven their commitment to sustainability time and time again. Consumers can easily find their sustainably produced wares at farmers markets around the state.
Don't delay; if you haven't started eating sustainably, today is the day to begin. You owe it to yourself, your family, your community, and your world to eat food that is produced in a responsible manner, and most importantly, tastes good and is good for you.