Sustainable Agriculture Essay

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Industrial Agriculture System
The industrial agriculture system, which is currently in practice in most developed and developing economies, is consuming water, fossil fuel, top soil and other natural resources at unsustainable rates which cannot be supported by the nature. It also leads to environment degradation in various forms including but not restricted to air and water pollution, diminishing bio-diversity, depletion of topsoil, and fish die-offs. Production of meat is also a major and disproportionate contributor to these problems. One of the major reasons for this is the fact that feeding grains to the animals for meat production instead of using it for direct human consumption involves a
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The primary benefits of following a sustainable agriculture practice are:
Preservation of Environment
Farms that practice sustainable agriculture produce crops and raise animals on their farms without excessive usage of synthetic fertilizers, chemical pesticides, genetically modified seeds. They do not follow practices that degrade soil, water or are detrimental to any other natural resources. By using techniques such as conservation tillage, crop rotation, growing variety of plants and using pasture-based livestock husbandry, such farms are able to protect the diversity and contribute hugely towards the maintenance and development of healthy and sustainable ecosystems.
Public Health Protection
Food Production and farming cannot be done at the expense of human health. Sustainable farms avoid the usage of harmful synthetic fertilizers, they are able to grow vegetables and fruits that are safer for the people to consume and safe for the farm workers and the surrounding localities. Similarly, the livestock farmers follow sustainable practices to raise animals and do not use any arsenic based growth promoters or nontherapeutic antibiotics, thus protecting humans from exposure to hazardous pollutants, toxins and
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