YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE
Preserving, conserving, nurturing; that’s sustainability!
By Gene Hall
Sustainable farming. It's essential for the future of food. But what does it mean?
A common perception is that a sustainable farm is a small farm that doesn't use pesticides. With no antibiotics or hormones. A pastoral scene where the farmer is in harmony with nature. And yes, that type of farm can be sustainable.
As can a farm with thousands of acres that makes use of modern technology. It all depends on the attitude of the one who cares for that land.
Sustainability is farming with an eye to the future. Preservation. Conservation. Nurturing the land. Measuring productive value with your kids and grandkids in mind. That's what many Texas farmers have done for six generations or more.
It’s more than tending land, though. It's making a profit to raise your family. It's working in partnership with nature. To make the most with the fewest resources. Every day.
It’s taking care of the earth. So it can take care of us. That’s sustainability.
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