Sustainable Agricultural Practices; Navigating The Future Of Food Production

 

Sustainable Agricultural Practices; Navigating The Future Of Food Production

Agriculture is the future of food production and sustainable agricultural practices is the best method of navigating the future of food production. There is a continuous demand for the production of more food and food products. Studies state that by 2050, food production will increase by 70%. One of the prominent reasons there will be an increase in food production is the rapid growth of the world’s population. 

Over 800 million people in the world’s population will be malnourished by 2030 if there are no innovations in the agricultural sector. Mitigating these challenges requires a team of farmers, investors, government and stakeholders working together to create sustainable agriculture. Farmers and agricultural organisations need to invest in more technology and strategic means to combat future insufficiency. 

How do we sustain agricultural practices so that they navigate the future of food production?  

Sustaining agricultural practice stands on the existing principle that the world’s needs must be met without a negative impact on the future of agriculture.
To do so, farmers must incorporate healthy, economically profitable, environmentally beneficial approaches to agriculture. These include:

  • Cultivating healthy planting and maintaining healthy soil.
  • Promoting biodiversity
  • Reducing agricultural runoffs
  • Preventing food wastage
  • Minimise and eradicate all forms of pollution
  • Integrate mixed farming system (livestock and crop farming)
  • Encouraging agroforestry practices
  • Enhancing the lives of farmers and farming communities 
  • Promoting ethical and green farming practices.

Sustainable practices include urban agriculture, permaculture, agroforestry, crop rotation, biodynamic farming, natural pest management, natural animal rearing, crop protection, mulching and biological weed control. 

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Conclusion

The future of farming is bright, and to ensure we have a sustainable agricultural system requires fundamental changes regarding the management of our natural environment. With the latest technology gadgets, tools, and top research, it is possible to make changes to protect our environment and also ourselves as we are the end users. This is only achieved through sustainable agriculture.

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