Industrial agriculture makes it possible to produce large amounts of food, meet worldwide demands but relies heavily on chemicals such as pesticides and fertilisers. As more of us begin to understand the effects and causes of climate change, there’s a shift towards sustainable agriculture.
Climate change, desertification and locusts infestations are rising anxieties for farmers and adds pressure to worldwide food production. For our planet to improve, quality of life for animals and humans must be elevated. Sustainable agriculture is an important step to adopt and put into practise as a preventative measure to maintain the resources we have left.
Agroforestry is a system that combines both agriculture and forestry practices for productive, long lasting and diverse farming. The results are better crop, improved agricultural productivity, healthy ecosystems, favourable microclimate conditions that maintains favourable temperatures - while protecting crops from heavy rain and wind, and provide stable incomes for the local community. Agroforestry can be achieved by planning and planting crops that work well together in a natural environment - and can boost agricultural yields, ecology and economy.
Applying sustainability to livestock is a healthy option for the animals. Allowing them to browse on a wide variety of trees, shrubs and graze, not live in captivity can stimulate the animals natural behaviour and give them a better quality of life.