The National Research Council recently published an extensive report on the status of sustainable agriculture claiming the current industrial food system is no longer sustainable without huge subsidies. What used to be called “alternative” agriculture is now rapidly becoming mainstream. According to the report, the Four Goals Of Sustainable Agriculture are:
- Satisfy human food, feed, and fiber needs, and contribute to biofuel needs.
- Enhance environmental quality and the resource base.
- Sustain the economic viability of agriculture
- Enhance the quality of life for farmers, farm workers, and society as a whole.