[permaculture] "Create a market for "ecological services" to landowners who use sustainable land management practices" - enter the permaculture consultant and designer
Lawrence F. London, Jr.
venaurafarm at bellsouth.net
Sun Aug 29 16:51:59 EDT 2010
"Create a market for "ecological services" to landowners who use
sustainable land management practices" - enter the permaculture
consultant and designer.
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Subject: Re: [SANET-MG] Farm productivity must increase globally
Date: Sun, 29 Aug 2010 12:14:26 -0400
From: Robert Kluson <rkluson at SCGOV.NET>
To: SANET-MG at LISTS.IFAS.UFL.EDU
Jane, I agree wholeheartedly to your comments about paying our
sustainable farmers for all of their services to society. It's time to
seriously ask the hard questions of why are taxpayers forced to pay
multiple subsidies, e.g., commodity supports, chronic disease health,
and environmental mediation programs, when one subsidy to reward
sustainable farmers have the potential of preventing the negative side
effects of the unsustainable production of food. This proposal becomes
even more appropriate as we continue to succeed in providing the
research and education to fulfill the comprehensive definition of
sustainable agriculture from the 1990 Farm Bill:
- satisfy human food and fiber needs;
- enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which
the agricultural economy depends;
- make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm
resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles
- sustain the economic viability of farm operations; and
- enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole."
For example, there's serious discussions these days to create a market
for "ecological services" to landowners who use sustainable land
management practices that provide functional watersheds. Our
sustainable farmers surely would qualify for such considerations too.
Our 2008 Farm Bill has made small steps in the right direction with its
expanded Conservation Stewardship and Local Foodshed programs but now we
need to put some real money behind them to make the level of difference
that's required . . .
Robert A. Kluson, Ph.D.
AG/NR Extension Agent
UF/IFAS Sarasota County Extension
6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 3241
(941) 232-3090; FAX (941) 861-9886
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