On March 31st, Tesla started taking orders for its first affordable line of electric cars. Last summer, the U.N.’s Paris Climate Change Summit brought world leaders together to devise a comprehensive global strategy for the first time. India just invented spoons you can eat.
Sustainability is a hot issue right now. It’s an exciting time to be an environmentalist.
But what exactly is “sustainability?” And how does it relate to your food?
Sustainable Agriculture In Theory
While farmers have been growing produce at self-sustaining farms since the days of the Fertile Crescent, “sustainable agriculture” and how we think about our food—in the US at least—has dramatically changed in just the past few decades.
“Sustainable agriculture” was first outlined in the 1990 “Farm Bill” that created a guideline of five things a sustainable farm should do:
- Satisfy human food and fiber needs
- Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends
- Make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate—where appropriate—natural biological cycles and controls
- Sustain the economic viability of farm operations
- Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole
If you didn’t catch that, the bill says that sustainable farms have to enhance the environment, use less fossil fuel, eliminate pesticides and synthetic fertilizer, make a profit, and oh yeah—feed hundreds of millions of Americans.
That’s a pretty tall order.
However, the shift away from harmful conventional mass-producing farming practices—like GMO crops, synthetic pesticides, and resource pollution—that began 26 years ago, is finally starting to take shape in the kitchens and on the tables of Americans.
Americans care about organic, sustainable agriculture, and we’re not afraid to demand it. At Nanoosh, we couldn’t agree more.
Sustainable Agriculture in Practice
Sustainable farming hopes to replace “conventional farming” and the harmful effects of its destructive, shortsighted methods. One 2007 USDA study simply says:
“Conventional farming is the largest nonpoint source of water pollution, it contaminates food and water with pesticides and nitrates and it lowers soil productivity.”
Sustainable farming can produce high yield, healthy, affordable food without sacrificing our precious natural resources. Even Congress came together in hopes of sustainable farming replacing conventional methods way back in 1990, and they almost never agree.
Go Sustainable at Nanoosh
At Nanoosh our menu is rooted in the ancient Mediterranean culture, diet and farming practices that made this region the breadbasket of the world for centuries. We’ve sourced organic, all-natural sustainable ingredients since day one. It’s part of our DNA.
Sustainable farming is on the rise, and we couldn’t be happier to be at the leading edge of this movement.
Your Role in Sustainable Food
So where do you fit in? How can you make sure the US keeps producing sustainable food? Simple: Buy sustainably grown, organically sourced food.
You have a powerful impact on how your food is grown. We know it’s not always easy to eat mindfully. Eating better takes time and energy. Shifting our diet and habits, is tough, so make the transition gradually. Instead of eating meat everyday, try eating better quality meat twice a week.
Millions of Americans are making the switch to better quality, sustainable food, and their choice is making a difference. Join them! Eat sustainable food and enjoy the health and wellness that come from food that’s grown with your body and future in mind.
Come by and try one of our delicious organic menu items. We think you’ll taste the difference sustainability makes.