In addition to our exceptional products, we would also like to point to a few additional, but crucial aspects below.
The old-fashioned way of producing bulk food through the so-called “industrial agriculture” is fast becoming obsolete.
(This is when large farms are growing the same crops continuously using enormous quantities of chemical fertilizers and pesticides that are extremely dangerous and damaging to all natural resources. These include water-; soils-; air and climate which are degraded and severely damaged by the use of the mentioned products. Ironically are these the very resources that are depended upon!).
The natural progression then to move towards, is “sustainable farming” – which refers to a system that is environmentally, socially and economically viable and vibrant. This system however, must be flexible enough to include farms of all sizes, each producing some diverse range of crops/produce, fuels, or fibers that are already adapted to local conditions & markets. This will already go a long way towards sustainability and success. Besides the point, but very relevant in this regard would be a mention to the emergence of specialised farming where ‘niche’ markets are created and utilized very successfully and economically. (These are everything from ‘natural oils’, to crocodiles, to very scarce/rare game species etc).
In all farming practices it is vital that up-to-date, scientifically sound practises that maximise productivity and profit whilst also minimizing environmental damage (and we can proudly claim that our products meet all these requirements perfectly!), need to be implemented to attain success and sustainability.
Sustainability in agriculture needs to be looked at a bit closer as it is quite a complex concept with quite a few facets.
• Economic facet – a sustainable farming practise must also be a profitable business that contribute to a vibrant economy;
• Social facet – Fair treatment and dealings with employees (including training opportunities, skills development and others) as well as a mutually beneficial relationship with the surrounding communities, is vital
• The environmental facet (already extensively discussed).
Very crucial to this topic (I’ll even go as far to say that it is THE MOST important aspect), is the positive mindset/attitude of the farmer. When he has the right mind set, he’ll know that good stewardship of all natural resources & systems is the ultimate key to be implemented and maintained for sustainability.
• Managing water resources wisely and with care;
• Promoting biodiversity;
• Building and maintaining heathy soil/pastures;
• Minimizing water-; air-; and climate pollution.
KEY SUSTAINABLE FARMING PRACTISES ARE:
1. Reducing or eliminating tilling;
2. Rotation of crops and embrace diversity;
3. Planting cover crops;
4. Integrating crops and livestock (even game can be considered);
5. Applying integrated pest management. (Again – please refer to our product range);
6. Managing whole systems and landscapes holistic.
(One not mentioned but still important enough to be considered is the adoption of “agroforestry” practises. This basically refers to the mixing of trees and/or shrubs into existing farming operations to provide shelter and shade for the protection of animals, crops/plants or sensitive water resources. Apart from the protection it provides the correct implementation and management of this can lead to an additional income).