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Most misused term: sustainable agriculture

To the editor:

It seems there are more and more individuals, as well as groups, misusing the term “sustainable agriculture.” Depending on what the agenda might be, the careless and totally wrong use of this term is used to make it more difficult for food producers of Todd County, as well as other areas.

For the information of your readers, sustainable agriculture was defined by an act of Congress: Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990, Public Law 101-624, Title XVI, Subtitle A, Section 1603.

We therefore believe there should not be confusion within the various groups that oppose farmers producing food in the best and safest manner in the world.

The following five criteria are not that difficult to understand as per the act of Congress.

“The term sustainable agriculture means an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having site specific application that will, over the long term:

• Satisfy human food and fiber needs.

• Enhance environmental quality and the natural resources base upon which the agriculture 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.”