Sustaining Agriculture through Sustainability

South Africa Land Image by Global Vision

Published April 12, 2013

by Dr. Tyra Oldham

The capacity to feed and provide healthy foods is a world challenge. “Feeding the world with sustainable agriculture” from Drovers is a world problem in tangled in corporate challenges to invest sustainably in sustainable agriculture.

“The Global Feed & Food Congress (GFFC) in South Africa, Novus International sponsored the keynote speaker, Marty Matlock, PhD, University of Arkansas professor of ecological engineering and executive director, UA Office for Sustainability. His presentation, titled, “The role of animal agriculture in feeding 10 billion people sustainably,” kicked off a three-part session focused on meeting sustainability challenges.”

“The challenges, opportunities and potential risks related to sustainable agricultural production are a direct result of competing land uses,” Dr. Matlock notes. “Agricultural production, including crops, pasture and grazing, currently utilize more than 40 percent of the Earth’s surface. In order for global agricultural producers to meet the increasing demand for food, feed, fiber and fuel, while at the same time reducing inputs and impacts, we must use every tool currently available in our collective tool box and continue to develop innovative tools that address emerging problems in an efficient, earth-friendly manner. Our future success is dependent on what we do today.”

Consider, the expansion of energy intertwined with food development leaves less land for ecosystems to remain viable. The tool box must incorporate how to build grids integrating energy, domestication and crops that produce healthy environments for today and tomorrow.  The rule to expand to meet demand without a plan to understand is a process of turning off switches that can never be turned on again.  Land use is a pervasive challenge that will be met only with sustainability. The land in South Africa is rich and crops are grown that allow the remaining land to be crop free so that the soil remains rich. The role of sustainable agriculture is to consider responsible land uses.

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