The hallmark o a truly sustainable system is its ability to regenerate itsel. When it comesto arming, the key to sustainable agriculture is healthy soil, since this is the oundationor present and uture growth.Organic arming is ar superior to conventional systems when it comes to building,maintaining and replenishing the health o the soil. For
alone, organicagriculture is more sustainable than conventional. When one also considers
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, it’s clear that organic armingis sustainable, while current conventional practices are not. As we ace uncertain and extreme weather patterns, growing scarcity and expense o oil,lack o water, and a growing population, we will require arming systems that can adapt,withstand or even mitigate these problems while producing healthy, nourishing ood. Ater 30 years o side-by-side research in our Farming Systems Trial (FST)
, RodaleInstitute has demonstrated that organic arming is better equipped to eed us now andwell into the ever changing uture.
As it pertains to arming, this term doesnot have a standard deinition. For thepurposes o this paper, we will deinesustainable as a system that can maintainor enhance soil ertility indeinitely.
Most simply, this reers to a system o armingthat does not use synthetic chemicals and,instead, mimics natural systems. This mayencompass dierent arm sizes, practices andphilosophies that, at their core, reject the use otoxic, synthetic chemicals.
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