The World Conservation Strategy, commissioned by the United Nations Environment Program defined conservation as: "the management of human use of the biosphere so that it may yield the greatest sustainable benefit to present generations while maintaining its potential to meet the needs and aspirations of future generations."
A typical Island farm field.
|Within this context, environmentally sustainable agricultural practices recognize our need for production and development within an environment which includes not only our natural areas but also our resources such as soil, water, crops, livestock, trees, fish, landscape and people within that environment.|
The 1997 report, "Cultivating Island Solutions, The Roundtable on Resource Land Use and Stewardship" discussed a number of environmental challenges facing the Island. "Our Island is an example of an ecosystem that has been influenced greatly by human activity and by people's need to make a living from the land and the sea," the report concluded. "We live in a healthy environment, but, unless we gain better control over the economic forces that are shaping our Island, we risk destroying the very foundations of our economy."
|The report detailed many issues and recommendations to address the environmental concerns of Islanders. Many of those recommendations are already being implemented by farmers and landowners. This website has been developed to show some of the environmentally sustainable agricultural practices presently being undertaken by Island farmers.|
An Island farm scene