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THE HEALTHY FARM: A VISION FOR U.S. AGRICULTURE
Industrial food production, which currently dominates U.S. agriculture, is a dead end. It damages air, water and soil, harms rural communities, and limits future productivity.
But there's a better way. Scientists call it agro-ecological agriculture. We call it healthy farms. Healthy farms can be just a productive as industrial farms - and a lot more sustainable.
Interact with our healthy farm to learn more - and then take action to help make out vision reality!
HEALTHY FARM PRACTICES
Integrating uncultivated areas helps preserve biodiversity, reducing the need for fertilizers and pesticides and increasing productivity.
INTEGRATING CROPS AND LIVESTOCK
Plants and animals are good for each other. A healthy farm takes advantage of this by recycling nutrients in the form of manure.
CROP DIVERSITY AND ROTATION
Growing a variety of different crops increases soil fertility and reduces the need for pesticides.
Blanketing bare fields with cover crops in between cash crop plantings is just what the doctor ordered for healthy soil, recycling nutrients, and reducing weeds and pests.
HEALTHY FARM BENEFITS
Healthy farm practices build soil fertility - so less chemical fertilizer is needed - while reducing erosion and making the farm less vulnerable to drought.
Fewer toxic chemicals plus a broader range of plant species equals a better habitat for birds, beneficial insects, and other organisms that pollinate plants and help keep pests at bay.
A healthy farm can be a profitable farm - and it can be an important contributor to the economic well-being of the surrounding community.
A healthy farm uses less chemical fertilizer, pesticide, and antibiotics; reduces pollution of water and air; and shrinks global warming impact.
Healthy farm practices can increase yields, reuse farm wastes, and make better use of marginal land.