What does sustainably grown food mean?
Sustainable agriculture is a way of producing food that is good for the environment and for people. It is humane to animals and to its farm workers. In other words, it’s the production of food, fiber, plant, or animal products using techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare. It’s all about growing food without depleting natural resources. Any nutrients taken from the soil by crops are replaced using natural methods.
Sustainability is one of our key values at The Chive, Simply Good Cafe & Market. We believe that food should be simple, local, sustainable and delicious!
A simple way to understand it is when we grow watermelon, the plant takes nourishment from the soil, water from the ground, energy from the sun to produce a fruit. To be sustainable, we put those things back in the form of compost, water conservation and energy conservation.
We want our children and grandchildren to have a healthy world in which to live.
A more academic explanation:
According to sustainableagriculture.net the “three legs” of sustainable agriculture are environmental health, economic profitability, and social and economic equity.
Sustainable agriculture is legally defined as practices that:
- Satisfy human food and fiber needs.
- Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends.
- Make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls.
- Sustain the economic viability of farm operations.
- Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.