Hey there folks, just a quick post today, It’s my last day at home with Callina and the new baby before I head back to work. On the plus side, I did get in a nice new-baby-photo-shoot that resulted in some of that extreme cuteness that I promised earlier.
Anyway, I ran across this article the other day, and couldn’t help but to hold it up as an example of what sustainable agriculture is not.
What’s not to like?
A guy growing 70 acres of organic, non-GMO corn that he sells directly to his consumers. Sounds like everything that a small, sustainable farm should be right? But what, then, could this guy possibly be doing wrong?
“They don’t know what I spent growing the crop, it’s a question of how little or how much money I lose on it.”
But maybe this fella got hit by the drought too. After all, everyone doesn’t have to turn a profit every year, you can make changes and try to return to profitability next season.
“It is a magnificent experience to be out there with the corn; As long as I can sustain the ongoing losses of growing it, I will keep doing it.”
So there you have it, organic does not equal sustainable. Go take a look at John Ikerd’s thoughts on what sustainable ag really is.
A sustainable agriculture must be ecologically sound, economically viable, and socially responsible. Furthermore, I contend that these three dimensions of sustainability are inseparable, and thus, are equally critical to long run sustainability.
Two outa three just ain’t gonna cut it.