Sustainable Agriculture Agriculture has been a fundamental component of human societies for centuries. It is so fundamental in fact that it is often forgotten by those dependent on its products, but not directly involved in the production. As we enter the 21st century, agriculture is beginning to receive more attention from the general public as the implications of farming are realized and the problem of potential world wide food shortage is addressed. With the future in focus, much of agricultural establishment uses words like biotech, and high-tech to describe their goals for U.S. agriculture. With few exceptions, traditional agriculturalists see a continuing trend of industrial agricultural practices that continue to drive production to fewer, larger, and more specialized production units which are virtually responsible for all stages of the production globally.
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Let us examine the issues of soil erosion and water conservation first. How do organic farming practices differ than that of conventional with regard to its affect of soil erosion? A major goal of organic farming is to produce nutritional plants (food) while also preserving the environment and its natural resources, such as soil and water (Pimentel et al. 2005). Soil erosion has been a concern for the United States and other countries for many years.
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Durum is the hardest of all wheat`s and is a key ingredient in pasta. North Dakota produces 68% of the U.S. durum crop. Many international and domestic mills prefer North Dakota durum for its color and strong gluten characteristics. Crops need nutrients and fertilizer, just like people might take vitamins to help them stay strong and healthy. Farmers test the soil to determine just which nutrients are needed in each field.
The article "Organic Farming" in the journal The Alert Collector authored by Kelly Myer Polacek and Florian Diekmann, taught me much about, as it’s title says, organic farming. I learned that organic farming has been practiced for more than a hundred years. That means since the 1900s, or even later, organic farming methods have been applied to farms, making the environment, and the people healthier, because there are no pesticides involved. A company was even formed to work on organic farming methods. Its name is IFOAM, International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements.