Organic Sustainable Farming is the Future of Agriculture | The Future of Food


In order for us to live sustainably the structures that meet our basic needs must work towards regeneration rather than consumption and depletion. We wanted to find what alternatives exist to buying food at the supermarket which in their current form encourage destructive farming practices. I’ve been studying sustainable farming systems for over 25 years there are no real issues we can solve all of them. There are really easy answers to grow food quality and with good environmental care. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It means that a farmer starts growing food and growing food there’s a lot of unknowns in there. You don’t know for whatever reason if you’re going to harvest all the things that you’ve planned to harvest that you’ve started sowing months back. So the idea is that a group of people support the farmer so the farmer knows he’s got an outlet. Our optimum is to have 200 members at the moment we’ve got between a hundred and 150. Every week every Wednesday and Thursday depending on where people live we send them they receive a box and they know that every week they’re going to get a box of healthy fresh foods that have been harvested just before they got them. For us it means we have stability in the fact that the plants we sow that they are sold. We don’t have the issue of food waste because if a broccoli small and it normally wouldn’t be able to go to supermarket we can give people two. Supermarket this is the complete opposite because they are just going for bigger and longer shelf life and that encourages the farmer to go into the input rat race which is a race without an end and they by an ever increasing amount of inputs which results in environmental pollution and all the other downstream effects. As a farmer you want to create healthy soils and healthy plants and healthy animals and further up the food chain you make sure that you create a soil that invites the right sets of microbes, that’s the job. We’ve got the microorganisms which are governing the system we just create a habitat for them then you got the plants growing out of there be it annuals perennials and trees. Then amongst that you’ve got insects living in there and then we’ve incorporated pigs sheep cows ducks geese and I’m sure we’re forgetting a few bits and bobs and every single item adds value. The idea was when the olive trees were big enough we would have animals underneath sheep dairy sheep for example we think mixed system is really important between plants and animals to keep the recycling and the cycling optimal going and not having to buy in fertilizers or inputs you don’t You don’t realize this but this used to be pastoral desert, it was just grass yeah and this is what people can do you can create heaven on earth. Now if that microphone is any good then right now you hear and you hear many many many many more birdsongs then you hear in a New Zealand native forest. Okay they’re are not all exotics ah they are not all natives but my god do they free up my spirit. The supermarket system demands that farmers supply uniform blemish free produce favoring looks over nutritional value. This leads to conventional growing practices like over applying fertilizers and spraying with toxic chemicals. The CSA model eases the pressure on farmers because they are no longer bound to meet these industry demands. Allowing them to farm in a way that produces healthy food as well as building the soil creating biodiversity and increasing resilience to natural forces like drought and pests. We are in a position to do it properly because of the CSA, our members allow us to create that diversity. That other old system doesn’t allow you to create that diversity. If you’re interested in the environment if you’re interested in being responsible looking after yourself taking responsibility for your own health if you’re interested in social responsibility then I would say go out and find initiatives like ours and get your food and your satisfaction from places like that and that will encourage a snowball effect that will change this world. Hey guys I hope you all enjoyed this film if you want to check out more videos along similar themes be sure to visit HappenFilms.com for more. I want to say special thanks to Anna Ballard, Tenkai and Lee-Anne Diepdael for their generous donations to Happen Films thanks for watching and I’ll see you all in the next film.

100 thoughts on “Organic Sustainable Farming is the Future of Agriculture | The Future of Food

  • I'm from Nepal and I'm currently working in Qatar. I have been watching this kind of videos for 3 months now and I grow some tomatoes and lettuce here in my accommodation back yard. I'm really into farming and I want to give up my job and start a farming back at home. But only thing stop me is uncertainty of making enough money to support my family.

  • Few are willing to wait for their soil to become healthy. Education is so important. Thank you for this youtube.

  • The Beauty of living life at full requires one to reconnect to your natural environment,and practice sustainable farming methods aiming to create productivity & healing the natural land scale.
    I love this!

  • Great minds generate a great world. Great initiative guys 🙂 We currently have a biological Production in Portugal, and definitely this is the goal. Keep up the good work !

  • I love how these permaculture examples show in real that there actually is plenty for everyone if we change our agricultural practices. This is a world of abundance and not of lack.

  • what a noble career to be a farmer! but to be a organic farmer is a soul saver, promotes moral, and saves earth. we did it in eastern china. it saved us.

  • Saludos queremos junto a todos ustedes innovadores transformar el mundo. https://www.facebook.com/michoacanorganics/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waZliufhXRI

  • Never trust anything labeled as Organic, if someone is trying to sell you the idea of Organic sustainability, especially if it excludes the use of GM crops than they're bullshitting you. Organic style farming with no modern technologies is entirely unsustainable. There's a reason we moved away from it.

  • Excellent! But I guess it will stand till 5G global installation…afterwards, no birds (there are cases of birds massive death in Netherland at 500 m of 5G test), no insects & bees, no bios and ill humans…

  • Realistically, the farming of the future is going to tower farms using LEDs and hydroponics to minimize land use and environmental impact. And the energy would be produced through renewable means

  • I have this urge to grow my own food and can’t wait to see where this urge takes me. One of my dreams is to have my own farm

  • Just got your channel recommended. Well my weekend is filled now. Thank you so much for what you are doing. Showing people how possible it is to go a way back to nature is so good and so important. Thanks so much.

  • use paper bags for your fruit and vegetable baskets and not plastic because paper bags increase their shelf life while plastic bags kill their shelf life to a fraction of the natural cycle. Get the paper bags recycled and use them for compost. it takes plastics 500 years or more to break down

  • I'm seriously moved by this video and what you guys are stating and establishing..I would LOVE to be apart of this life still if you could lead me in the correct direction, so I could further my future and my son's and our family. Please get in contact with me as soon as y'all can review my comment!! BLESSED day and night!

  • I thought of a system where we build houses around a central garden and everyone pays weekly into a fund per head with rates for children/adults or whatever. You can either work in the garden at an hourly rate to get your monies back after costs, or choose not to and you are simply paying for your food supply. That way people of all interest levels are all working together for the same goal. You could choose whether you are involved physically or just financially. Good for high and low income families. In cases where no one was interested then you just employ someone to look after the garden with all the excess monies from weekly fees. Obviously this would depend on developers not wanting to make money… But hey, most of this is hypothetical anyway right.

  • Funny to see my own people of the Netherlands in this short clip but it's very much true they tell…. and that goes for everyone, just grow your own crops and what not and live of the land that u have… so much better for your health and for the nature and plus u creating a richer soil for the next generation! Every inch of soil u fertilize counts!

  • I wanna start something like this as well but I don't wanna go to new Zealand I wanna stay in Europe and preferably Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, chzec Republic, Poland or Germany what country would be the best for organic farming and perma culture the whole year around, could someone advise me about this?

  • Pity about the animals, they are NOT needed for fertilisers or anything else!. Saying they are needed for Soil fertility is just a way of excusing the use of animals. Which will be slaughtered and otherwise manipulated for their Lactose( Calf Milk)!!!!

  • I've been growing my own food since last year, adding more variety each year. It's hard work and a bit of a hit and miss as I'm still learning but I love it.

  • Great idea, I love local farmers. BUT in this video is so plastic in all one box! Every one vegetables has plastic bag 🙁

  • Whether carnivore, omnivore or herbivore, the required mono-cultures are damaging. Fundamentally for the future of food the focus has to be on nurturing our soil. Everything depends on that health. Everything. I moved onto a clay property 6 years ago. My first ever experience of a garden, veggie plot. An acre of jelly in heavy rain. Following the principles of this vid we now have giant veggies, supercharged fruit trees and native bush going berserk. It's mind blowing. Do everything you can to nurture nature, too.

  • As far as I understand, not only will you grow nutrient-dense food by farming in this manner, I believe you will also, with cover crops and microorganisms, be pumping carbon back into the ground (through photosynthesis and glommalin formation) from the atmosphere, which will reduce the negative impacts of climate change! Thank you for farming in this manner!

  • He talks about a food chain that is a myth and I see they’re still using plastic. This is a stop gap this is not sustainable farming and most certainly not the future. The future is vegan.

  • Even if you only have a small garden you can grow fruits trained against your fence.Just had a good crop of plums (dwarf tree),rhubarb is easy to grow,grow lemons in my conservatory.Every one should do it share with friends if you have a surplus go for it.

  • The end goal should be to never till your soil. Coz the topsoil rotating tool they're using in 0:50 IS doing some damage. The first 5 cm of soil are where everything happens : mushrooms and bacteria degrading the mulch, worms taking that degraded matter and burrying it down. If you destroy that layer to do your small seed sowing like carrots, it's a year's work done by the soil destroyed in minutes. Sure you can buy compost to replace it, but you can't call that sustainable. It only seems like it because compost is so cheap, due to the huge amounts of kitchen waste, grass clippings and pruning waste we put in our compost bins. A sustainable farm should only be using mulch of straw, leaves or wood chips, optionally mixed with compost or grass for added nitrogen if needed (only the first few years) and cover crops (green manure). Cover crops are the long term solution, they inject carbon into the soil during their life, and even more when the plants die. People only discovered recently the power of multi species cover crops (like 15-20 species), especially in New Zealand. In France you'll never see that method of pulverizing the top soil to do sowing. You remove the mulch, sow, put a thin layer of compost on top to help germination, water, that's it. No need for machines.

  • Can you solve Aluminum, Barium, chemicals and other heavy metals sprayed by geoengineering planes? This things ruined my grandfather beekeeping field.

  • The American spirit has always been to go out and do it yourself. It's a shame corporations have taken over the food industry. However right now it's cheaper and it feeds the poor. I think if people continue to grow on their own, it will not only encourage, but it will force the industry to look into better practices of growing food. Eventually the people will feed the people. Grow your own food. Never rely on a government to intervene in such matters or to do it for you.

  • Brother now a days the industrilists kill thouse who stand up to them and are hurmful for their business, so we should write books and it is also a respensobilities to past our knowledge to the next generation to protect them.

  • I am really confused why people have to work to hard death their body to buy food when you can grow your own food .

  • Really? Heat is your idea of transforming the 21 generation attitude like MINE! GIVE IT TO ME NOW!!! GOD IS A BS, AND IM A GOD, CREATOR AND OWNER OF THIS WORLD.
    Dreamers, that’s what are you. Or you MUST have some very healthy and big secret supporting communist bank to be a poster farm.

  • Huge organic farms should include trees with natural nutrients from their dead leaves. Trees are good for keeping the air clean so, Win-win.

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