Our Sustainable Practices: Why We Pursue Them
To conform to sustainable practice requires that whatever task is being pursued it must not diminish some vital, non-renewal resource, or in any other way reduce the capacity of our planet to support humanity. Using fossil fuels fails to qualify on both counts because the supplies of coal, petroleum and natural gas are finite and their combustion produces climate-warming carbon dioxide and other pollutants like sulfur dioxide, which returns to earth as acid rain. Coal burning also liberates mercury, a powerful, indestructible neurotoxin. Performing work using energy derived from such sources as wind and sunlight is sustainable given the inexhaustibility of both of these sources. Working the land in ways that maintain soil quality and minimize chemical usage are additional challenges that face those of us who strive to practice sustainable agriculture across Lorain County.