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WHY SUSTAINABILITY IS CRUCIAL FOR FOOD’S FUTURE
Sustainability in agriculture is crucial for the future not just because it is a set of best food management practices that minimize the negative ecological and social impacts of industrial agriculture. It is about creating a fundamental different paradigm for agriculture.
- It relies on nature’s principles of holism, diversity, and interdependence to achieve productivity rather than the industrial strategies of specialization, standardization, and consolidation of control.
- It arises from a fundamentally different worldview: Farms and communities are treated as living organisms rather than inanimate mechanism.
- Benefits must be shared fairly and equitably among consumers, retailers, processors, farmers, and anyone else involved in the collaboration.
- Food systems, organic or otherwise, that lack cooperative social and ethical characteristics will not be sustainable in the future as much study has confirmed.
- The economic incentive to ignore social and ethical values practiced by industrialized agriculture cannot help but extract and exploit in order to achieve greater economic efficiency. Thus, the sustainability of profits for farmers in cooperative chains like regional buying clubs depends on maintaining the social and ethical integrity of relationships among those at all levels in the food value chain, from producer to consumer.