These days, words like “clean,” “eco-friendly,” “green,” and “sustainable” get thrown around a lot in marketing jargon. But what do they really mean? What is sustainability, and why should you care about it?
The truth is that the agricultural industry accounts for a large portion of the greenhouse gases currently being released into our environment. As a vertically integrated industrial-level dehydrated ingredient producer, BCFoods farms thousands of acres of land to grow tens of thousands of tons of produce. We are working with every level of the food industry to build practices that will cut back on this environmental impact and help us all build a better future together.
Read on to learn about what sustainability is and why it matters for vegetable farmers.
What Is Sustainable Agriculture?
Sustainability is the idea of creating systems that can meet the demands of today without compromising the demands of the future. This has long been a problem in agriculture; our resources in land, water, soil nutrients, and more are being stripped faster than we can replace them. Sustainable agriculture seeks to fix that problem.
Sustainable agriculture systems rely on everyone from the farmers to the waste handling industry to create a system that makes the most of our resources. This system works to create and maintain healthy soil, manage our water wisely, minimize pollution, and promote biodiversity. The ultimate goal is a system that allows farmers and the industries that depend on them to implement these policies without sacrificing productivity and profitability.
Why Does Sustainability Matter?
Sustainability is the tool we must use to ensure that future generations have the resources they need. The human population continues to grow, and we can no longer afford to recklessly use up all the resources available to us. We must be good stewards of our land, our water, our food, and our environment.
If done correctly, sustainability efforts benefit us all. We will be able to generate food more efficiently, which can help reduce the cost and make sure everyone has enough to eat. The environment will be protected, and more biodiversity will be allowed, ensuring that you can enjoy an evening out on your back porch with your family, eating a table full of delicious food.
How It’s Being Implemented
BCFoods is committed to creating new and using existing sustainable practices. We are improving our water use, waste water recycling, and focusing on replenishing sources of clean water. We are also working to reduce the pollution put out by our dehydration and processing, and reducing our overall carbon footprint.
Learn More About Sustainability
Practicing sustainability in our commercial farming, dehydration, and processing systems has never been more important. We have a few short decades to reverse the impact we have had on the environment, and the sooner we can put these practices into play, the better.
Farmers, manufacturers, and consumers are already working together to build a system that makes sure we all have plenty to eat and healthy land to grow.
If you’d like to learn more about sustainability in food, check out the rest of our BCFoods website. We are working every day to build a more sustainable model for growing and dehydrating vegetables. Learn more about our business and discover how you can be a part of the sustainability movement today.