It is going to take considerable effort from researchers, consultants and farmers, and a commitment to developing farm systems which better mimic nature, but I am hopeful for the future of sustainable agriculture in South Africa.
Look out for the Trace & Save logo on First Choice UHT-milk to see how easy it is to trace the impact of the product on the environment
There are many farmers out there who are really attempting to reduce their environmental impacts and provide agricultural produce which supports a sustainable future.
I really do believe we should be focussing on improving the manner in which animal production is done, focussing on supporting farmers which implement positive practices, rather than just blanketing the whole industry as terrible for the environment and writing it off.
I am not asking anyone to completely change their diet, but rather to consider making adjustments to the way we buy and eat.
Here is an interview I did with Gary where he tells me about growing up and his views on farming.
Consumers play a crucial role in the success of a manufacturing business. Supporting business that is detrimental to our environment suggests that we are not concerned about future generations and the environment. Ensuring accountability and safe guarding of the environment is therefore in our hands.
Jason’s main point of reference is learning from nature, and applying natural principles in managing his pasture and cattle herd. Their approach to agriculture at Boschendal is: “Working with nature, producing real food”.
Have you ever wondered why farmers take care of their animals? Read this blog to find out more about animal welfare and how farmers can measure it.
Having been in the dairy industry for just over 10 years, Rufus Dreyer is one of the early adopters of sustainable dairy farming practices in the area. He runs a farm just outside Humansdorp, close to Oyster Bay. Find out more about Rufus and his insights about dairy farming.