A sustainable approach to farming is economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially beneficial: it works for the farmer, the land, and the community.
Sustainable agriculture is grounded in the idea of stewardship: preserving the resources that allow us to meet our own needs, so that future generations can meet theirs too. This idea might seem too obvious to need stating, but its implications are far-reaching. If we are serious about sustainability, we cannot continue to farm in ways that deplete soil, pollute water, reduce biodiversity, and impoverish rural communities. We need a new agricultural toolkit. And farmers across America, with the help of science, are developing that toolkit.