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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE What are the Benefits? Is there a Market? Environmental Preservation By avoiding toxic chemical pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified seedsand growing a variety of plants using techniques such as crop rotation,conservationtillage, and pasture-based livestock husbandry, sustainable farms protect biodiversityand foster the development and maintenance of healthy ecosystems Protection of Public Health Avoiding hazardous pesticides and raising animals without the use of nontherapeuticantibiotics or arsenic-based growth promoters provides fruits, vegetables, and livestockproducts that are safer for consumers, workers, and surrounding communities. Responsiblemanagement of livestock waste, protects humans from hazardous pollutants. Sustains Vibrant Communities A critical component of sustainable agriculture is its ability to remain economically viable,providing farmers, farmworkers, food processors, and others employed in the food systemwith a livable wage and safe, fair working conditions. Sustainable farms also bolster localand regional economies, creating good jobs and building strong communities. Upholding Animal Welfare Sustainable farmers and ranchers treat animals with care and respect, implementing livestockhusbandry practices that protect animals' health and well being. By raising livestock onpasture, these farmers enable their animals to move freely, engage in instinctive behaviors,consume a natural diet, and avoid the stress and illness associated with confinement. 60.6% of respondents in a 2011 consumer survey indicated a preference for organic food 14.0% forecasted growth in Organic food market through 2018
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