Sustainable A to Z
Healthy soil is the basis for all sustainable agriculture. Soil that has been farmed intensively loses its nutrients and lacks vital beneficial microorganisms. Sustainable farming rebuilds depleted soil and keeps it healthy. There are many ways that farmers build their soil including compost, cover crops, mulch, manure, and the addition of organic nutrients. Soil fertility is the key to growing plants that are productive, resistant to disease, and nutritious to eat.
The term “artisanal” implies that products are made by hand in small batches, but the term is unregulated and sometimes used by large manufacturers.
Biodynamic farming views the farm as a living organism. In addition to organic practices such as crop rotation and composting, biodynamic farmers rely on special plant, animal, and mineral preparations and the rhythmic influences of the sun, moon, planets, and stars. The term is not regulated, but some biodynamic products are certified by Demeter Association.
This unregulated term suggests that eggs are laid by hens permitted to roam in the henhouse (but not necessarily with any access to the outdoors).
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CUESA's Sustainability Frameworks
These documents spell out guiding principles and best practices in sustainable food production.