In 2015, the United Nations established 17 sustainable development goals with the aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity by 2030. While everyone has a part in making these goals a reality, sustainable agriculture plays a significant role and is at the core of making many of them happen.
At Terramera, we are developing technology that will contribute to the transformational ability of sustainable agriculture. We not only share the UN’s vision, we embody it, knowing that sustainability is the only path forward. The goals they have set out unify our efforts with those all across the globe and are moving us towards a better future, together.
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The most obvious area that sustainable agriculture plays an important role is in ending hunger. The UN wants to bring food security and nutrition to the 815 million people that go hungry each day across the globe, however our current agricultural system is falling short and causing critical damage to our planet. More sustainable methods are necessary if we hope to bridge this hunger gap and reduce the environmental impact.
Good Health and Well-Being
Good health starts with what we put into our bodies. Quality nutrition is key to building strong immune systems and bodies that can better fend off illness and produce healthy generations to follow.
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Sustainable agriculture provides safer conditions for farm workers by reducing their exposure to harsh synthetic chemicals and toxic environments and also creates new, quality jobs in the green economy.
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Cities offer great economic and social opportunities but can be a strain on resources and the environment. Sustainable agriculture can lessen this by making food abundant without harmful emissions and by creating more careers in rural areas.
Clean Water and Sanitation/ Life Below Water
Clean and accessible water is essential to survival. The synthetic chemical pesticides commonly used create toxic run off which contaminates water sources and causes ocean algae bloom. Replacing these with organic alternatives minimizes the impact on our water sources and guarantees a continued supply of drinking water and healthy marine life.
Responsible Consumption and Production
Food production currently makes up about 30 per cent of the world’s total energy consumption. Using natural methods like composting and fertilizing with manure recycles resources instead and creates healthy soil that can continue to produce naturally.
Climate Action/Life on Land
The greenhouse gas emissions made by human activity are driving climate change, causing extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and desertification. We must make the shift to renewable resources to reduce emissions and limit these detrimental effects.
This article is republished from Terramera. Read the original article here: https://www.terramera.com/newsroom/how-sustainable-agriculture-contributes-to-the-united-nations-sustainable-development-goals.