As we have seen, increasing agricultural yields (outputs) has negative impacts on the environment. The factors influencing environmental degradation are:

  • Energy use
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Irrigation
  • Soil erosion
  • Human cost

What is sustainability?

What is sustainable agriculture? 

Sustainable agriculture is the production of food, fiber, or other plant or animal products using farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare. This form of agriculture enables us to produce healthful food without compromising future generations’ ability to do the same. Source: Sustainable table definition, Wikipedia

Methods of Sustainable Agriculture:

  • Maintaining soil health
  • Nutrient Cycling
  • Sustainable eating
  • Farm welfare

What are Energy Efficiency Ratios?

Energy Use Efficiency Indicator for Agriculture

Comparing Energy Use in Conventional and Organic Farms 

Farm Energy Alternatives

Activity 1

Read 269-271 of Nagle and Cooke

Activity 2

Create a google doc with:

  • Important vocabulary on the reading.
  • To do: a, b on p.271

Activity 3

Evaluate EER as a measure of sustainable agriculture

Activity 4

  • Define Food Miles
  • Examine the concept of food mile as a measure of environmental impact

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