Wednesday May 6, 2020
Sustainable Farming through History
Although market-driven farming has been a way of life for years, the history of sustainability in agriculture goes much further back. As early as 10,000 years ago, researchers suggest, growers in South America used soil-restoring methods to grow crops. The term “sustainable agriculture” or sustainable farming was not popularly used until the 1980’s, but concerns have been raised since the mid 1800’s about industrial agriculture and its effect on food production, and ecological preservation.
The damage done by industrial agriculture is well documented. Overuse of fossil fuels depletes natural resources and can create pollutants for a regional ecosystem. Modern irrigation systems create excessive water runoff and other wastes. Common pesticides and chemical nutrients can affect growers, consumers, as well as the environment. If these concerns weren’t enough to affect the habits of agri-business, the question of sustainability can end up being financially destructive as well.
Where Sustainable Farming Meets Hawaiian Organic Noni
The 1990 U.S. Farm Bill included the first regulatory definition of “sustainable agriculture” or sustainable farming. Though difficult to define, organic farmers were provided a basic template to guide their distinct practices. The bill, “sustainable agriculture” included the following characteristics:
- Satisfies human demands for food
- Enhances the quality of the environment
- Efficiently makes use of non-renewable resources
- Integrates the earth’s natural cycles
- Sustains economic viability
- Enhances the quality of life for farmers and society
There is no disputing the quality of life along the coastline of Kauai, the location for Hawaiian Organic Noni’s farm. Our small family farm has been committed to the entire mission of sustainable farming for the past 40 years.
Introducing a new blog series!
Steve’s Farming Tips discuss the innovative methods of sustainability and organic preservation we have done over the years. These methods can be easily customized to the needs of any farmer urban or otherwise.