UN Recommends Sustainable Farming Practices

June 14, 2011

The United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced the launch of a new initiative intended to produce more food for a growing world population in a sustainable way. 

The new approach, called the Save and Grow approach, draws partly on conservation agriculture techniques, precision irrigation and precision placement of fertilizers. Integrated Pest management is also used, an eco friendly way to stay on top of insect issues through monitoring and crop rotation, natural plant resistance and natural pest predation. From the FAO website: 

Farming systems for sustainable crop production intensification will offer a range of productivity, socio-economic and environmental benefits to producers and to society at large, including high and stable production and profitability; adaptation and reduced vulnerability to climate change; enhanced ecosystem functioning and services; and reductions in agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions and “carbon footprint.