In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, we are taking a closer look at sustainable farming. More commonly referred to as sustainable agriculture, the goal of sustainable agriculture is to meet society’s current food and textile needs without compromising the same needs of future generations. Every person involved in the food system (i.e. farmers and growers, food processors, distributors, retailers, consumers and waste managers) can all play a role in ensuring we maintain a sustainable agricultural system, including you!
In sustainable agriculture, there are many practices individuals can employ to support the three pillars of sustainable agriculture: a healthy environment, economic profitability and social and economic equity. For example, farmers and growers may use farming methods that lower pollution levels, minimize water use and promote soil health, while companies, consumers and retailers can look for foods and products that are grown and produced using methods that are environmentally friendly and support and promote farmworker wellbeing while strengthening the local economy.
Rumi Spice, A Force for Good
Rumi Spice began with one simple mission: to cultivate peace in Afghanistan. We strongly believe creating a demand for Afghan agricultural products, like saffron, will catalyze rural economic development.
Fact: Over 80% of the Afghan population is reliant on the rural agricultural economy.
The success of the Afghan saffron industry not only helps farmers and the Afghan women providing direct labor, but it touches every member of the villages that rely on the saffron for work. It’s important to note, all of our saffron is sustainably grown. Afghan farmers practices old world farming techniques, which means they do not use any herbicides or pesticides, only land, water, and seeds, just the way Mother Nature intended it.
Our mission is three fold: economically empower Afghan farmers, inspire Afghan women through direct wages, and bring sustainable and fair spices to a retail category where this is seldom seen. As a B Corp, we work hard to meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability, while aspiring to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. All in a day’s work, right?
Fact: Our team is working hard to implement Afghan-based organic certification in Afghanistan. Stay tuned for updates!
How You Can Help Sustainable Agriculture
When it comes to sustainable agriculture, there is plenty consumers can do to support sustainable agriculture and it’s practices including:
- Look for, shop, and support value-based companies like Rumi Spice
- Purchase from brands that support farmworker wellbeing and the environment
- Consider companies that use sustainable packaging. Rumi Spice's signature glass bottles and cork-tops are both natural, renewable, and recycle-able.
It’s not just sustainable agriculture practices that consumers can partake in though. You can actually create sustainable lifestyle practices too. For example, consumers can:
- Begin using a reusable water bottle and canvas grocery bags and totes
- Ditch single use plastic (Tip: A great alternative to single use plastic wrap is beeswax wrap).
- Find a way to repurpose food and kitchen scraps
- Reduce waste by buying in bulk
- Start a compost pile
- Upgrade napkins to cloth napkins
There are many facets to the success of sustainable agriculture, but you can still play a part in its success by making more mindful decisions about your food and which brands and companies you support. Won’t you join us and support our mission? Happy Earth Day everyone!
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