Sustainable crop farming helps solve these problems by taking a holistic approach to the farm ecosystem and working proactively to balance beneficial insect, plant, and animal relationships. As inhabitants of a delicate ecosystem, each of us has a responsibility to support farmers that use sustainable methods. It improves soil quality, reduces pollution, and creates natural habitats that promote biodiversity.
While sustainable farming has the potential to positively impact our planet and local communities, it can also be a harsh reality of strenuous labor and low-profit margins. With farm-fresh produce and other ‘green’ products becoming a staple of modern city life, consumers may take for granted what goes on behind-the-scenes to provide them these products. Unfortunately, research has uncovered an ugly truth: undocumented immigrants working on many sustainable farms are working for low wages and struggling in substandard conditions. To ensure better lives for the workers and animals that feed us and the longevity of sustainable suppliers, it’s essential we all raise our voices and be ready to pay slightly higher prices in support.