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SUSTAINABILITY

Many authors and organizations around the world give their own definition of sustainable agriculture. Some authors consider sustainable agriculture as a set of management strategies covering major social concerns about how to  obtain quality food and  ensure environmental protection (Francis et at., 1987 in  Lichtfouse et al., 2009). Other authors focus on the ability of agricultural systems to maintain long-term crop productivity (Ikerd, 1993 in Lichtfouse et al., 2009).

 

According to Boiffin et al. (2004 in Lichtfouse et al., 2009) sustainable agriculture involves two approaches. The first  is that agriculture should support itself in the  long term  by protecting its productive resources, i.e. maintaining soil fertility, protecting groundwater and surface water, developing renewable energies and finding solutions to adapt agricultural systems to climate change. The second approach believes that agriculture must also contribute to the sustainability of large territories and their communities. Under this approach   agriculture should help urban areas manage their waste, for example by recycling sludge from the sewer system, developing rural employment and providing landscape environmental services for city people. This research is based on the latest component of the first approach that seeks to find solutions to adapt agricultural systems to global environmental change.

Adapting to Climate Change

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Ecological Landscape Design

Aiming toward resilience. The key factor for resilience is diversity.

Sustainble Agriculture Principles

Production under shade of trees, good conditions for our workers, recycle and reuse

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Soil Management

Based on the principles of Ana Primavesi, we care about our tropical soil