Top 10 Sustainable Farming Practices

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by: Diana Bocco
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Sustainable farming practices lead to crops that are better for both your health and the environment.
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Sustainable agriculture can essentially be described as the practice of farming ecologically. Rather than focusing only on the economic viability of the crops, sustainable agriculture also involves using nonrenewable resources effectively, growing nutritious foods and enhancing the quality of life of the farmers [source: Department of Agriculture].

Besides the obvious benefits, sustainable farming also allows farmers to transform their farms into giant recycling centers. They can turn crop waste and animal manure into fertilizers, use crop rotation to enrich the soil and reroute rainwater to fuel the irrigation system. Not only does this save money, but it also conserves natural resources. Sustainable farming also lowers the need for chemicals and pesticides, and it makes the transition to a more organic, clean farming process a lot more feasible.

But how exactly can you turn your farm into a sustainable one? It all starts with a few conscious changes. In this article, we'll look at 10 things you can do, starting with crop rotation.

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