Mutualism is a symbiotic relationship that benefits all parties, which is the relationship we strive for on the dairy farms we work on.
Sustainability’s core principles are ensuring economic viability, environmental health, and societal comfort. What we need is sustainable food security in order to prepare for the projected rise in population.
In order to gain anything from the law of the minimum, it is imperative that we know what the least available resource is.
Wendell Berry said: “A significant part of the pleasure of eating is in one’s accurate consciousness of the lives and the world from which the food comes.” I wonder how often we think about the journey which our food has taken to get to our plates.
Look at this journey of how a farm manager in the Tsitsikamma improved his soil health and what benefit it had on the environment.
Charles Darwin, the father of earthworm science, once said: “Without the work of this humble creature, who knows nothing of the benefits he confers upon mankind, agriculture, as we know it, would be very difficult, if not wholly impossible”
The rainfall in South Africa has been so sporadic that we can’t continue putting all our eggs in this basket. Is the desalination of seawater a possible solution?
Alien invasive plants are a huge threat to water security, and therefore sustainable agriculture. By clearing alien invasive plants, not only are we making more water available, but the opportunity to explore other industries exist.
I think many people have been sceptical of the idea that dairy farms could possibly be carbon neutral, but this data shows that this is actually possible. This is a massive positive impact! The theory is being put into action.
Representetives from Boointjieskraal, Pennisands and Rheebokrant Farms
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