SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

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Green Resources’ Agribusiness division adopts the act of farming using principles of ecology, i.e. maintaining relationships between organisms and their environment.

It is an integrated system of plant and animal production practice having a site-specific application that will last over the long term. The main objective of sustainable agriculture is to satisfy human food and fibre needs; enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends; make the most efficient use of non-renewable resources and on-farm resources, and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and control; sustain the economic viability of the farm operations and enhancing the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.

Sustainable agriculture is an ecosystem approach to agriculture. Practices that can cause long-term damage to the soil include excessive tillage (leading to soil erosion), and irrigation without adequate drainage (leading to salinization). When farmers grow and harvest crops, they remove some of the nutrients from the soil. Without replenishment, land suffers from nutrient depletion and becomes either unusable or suffers from reduced yields. Sustainable agriculture depends on replenishing the soil while minimizing the use or need of non-renewable resources, such as natural gas (used in converting atmospheric nitrogen into synthetic fertilizer) or mineral ores (e.g. phosphate).

In organic and biodynamic farming methods, animals play an important role in achieving closed or sustainable system by providing multiple functions to the agricultural system. GRC is therefore very conversant of the ecosystem in all its operations.

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