Readers React: Sustainability Standards Still Necessary
Leonardo Academy isn’t the only entity to respond to ag’s withdrawal en masse from the Sustainable Agriculture Standards Committee. A few Greenhouse Grower readers reacted with comments online at GreenhouseGrower.com.
Greenhouse Grower edited the comments for clarity. Here is a sample:
–Posted by Scientific Certification Systems: “It is disappointing to see the formal withdrawal of agricultural representatives from the ANSI sustainable agriculture standards process. As global population continues to grow, the need for a sustainable agricultural standard remains urgent. The VeriFlora standard is independent from this process and stands as an example that an inclusive standard is attainable.”
–Posted by KMW: “Here is to hoping big ag does not forget to include small ag, or it will be no better than the reason for them leaving this process. I am talking the 5- to 50-acre small farms, not the delusional set point for the industry that thinks small farmers are [25,000 acres or less].”
–Posted by MRW: “Work on sustainability will continue, but hopefully it will be a process designed by farmers to work for farmers instead of the contrary. Yes, world population is growing. If we are going to feed them, we will have to increase food production. We have to do this while reducing inputs like water, fossil fuels and land.
“If we don’t want to feed them, well, there isn’t much of an issue. We could cut back on production, increase food prices and let nature sort things out. I don’t even want to imagine the far-reaching social implications of this. Care to revisit the food riots of 2007?
“There are two lines of thinking when it comes to sustainability: Those who think nature can provide sufficient food if only we reverted to natural cycles of nutrient management and pest prevention. Good luck. The other believes maximizing production while mitigating external impacts will allow more food to be produced on less land.
“Agriculture is not natural; it is an invention by man that is in constant conflict with nature. If we want to produce sufficient food, this is a reality we must accept. Maximizing production per unit of land while seeking to limit inputs with external consequences is the only way we can maintain the stability of the system.”
Want to read Leonardo Academy President Michael Arny’s reaction to ag’s withdrawal en masses?.