This is Part 2 in our five-part series about sustainable growing practices and how they are changing agriculture. For Part 1, click here.
Simply intensifying current agricultural practices— whether by farming more land, using more irrigation or using more fertilizer—won’t be enough to sufficiently augment crop yields to meet future food needs.
Even in the United States, where existing practices have made us an agricultural leader, we simply can’t do more of the same and expect to meet the growing demand for food.
Instead, the next wave of agricultural productivity will have to incorporate new technologies. It will have to do so in a sustainable way by using production practices that meet human needs while reducing environmental impacts. This means using practices that make both environmental and economic sense for growers.
Agricultural sustainability does not need to come at the cost of economic sustainability.
While consumer and industry pressures for sustainable food production will increase, broad behavioral change—including rapid adoption of new practices—will be driven by grower economics.
In a sense, the starting point is economic sustainability—where growers will find ways to reduce input costs, sustain or increase output value and simultaneously improve the environmental sustainability of what they do.
Agricultural and economic sustainability are possible, and even go hand in hand.
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