Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Agriculture contributes directly to sustainable stewardship of the land, air and water. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the food, feed, and fiber needs of our country and the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.
Sustainable agriculture is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment.
Sustainability Information from EPA:
- Sustainable Futures
- Sustainable Marketplace: Greener Products and Services
- Sustainable Management of Food
- Sustainable Management of Electronics
- Smart Growth - Smart growth helps communities grow in ways that expand economic opportunity while protecting human health and the environment.
- Local Food, Local Places - Local Foods, Local Places helps communities create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant neighborhoods through the development of local food systems.
Sustainability Information from Other Sources
- USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Exit - Since 1988, the SARE grants and education program has advanced agricultural innovation that promotes profitability, stewardship of the land, air and water, and quality of life for farmers, ranchers and their communities.
Sustainable Agriculture and Tribes
A curriculum from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program aims to help those who work with American Indians better understand the unique challenges faced by native farmers. The materials are titled "People of the Land".
People of the Land Publication: Sustaining American Indian Agriculture in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington Exit