What does it mean to be sustainable?
The word sustainable comes from the Latin “sustinere” (to hold, tenere, up.) One definition says “sustainability is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Brundtland Commission of the United Nations).
American peanut farmers take the role and responsibility of sustainability very seriously.
While farmers provide a high-quality and safe supply of nutritious food year after year, they are also outstanding stewards of their land….land that often has been in their families for many generations. This is the land on which their own families live, work and play. And these are the communities they and their families live in and support in many ways.
The reports are in. U.S. peanut farmers have dramatically improved their environmentally favorable crop production practices over the years, according to the independent research firm of IHS Global Insight. A report shows major improvements in efficiencies in Energy Use, Water Use, Soil Erosion, Land Use and Climate (Greenhouse Gases). Click here to learn more.
True Stewards of the Land
Meet three farming families who take pride in growing a good crop and love the land where they work and live. They show their commitment to sustainable communities, economies and the environment every day.