My daughter has been telling me that sustainability is her number 1 priority this year. I’m a big fan of this concept. In fact, I think we all are. Even if a given crop or industry isn’t sustainable, it can still be sustainable to the extent that it is a good use of resources and can grow in a safe way.
Sustainability is not a new concept. There have been many studies done on this topic. The bottom line is that a crop or industry is sustainable if it yields at least as much as the amount that it was originally intended to yield. In other words, if a crop or industry was intended to produce 1.5 tons of apples from 2.5 tons of apples, it is not sustainable to grow crops or industries that produce 1.5 tons of apples from 1.5 tons of apples.
Some people would argue that the sustainable yield would be higher if the apples were grown on a farm, but that is not always the case. The reason being that farmers grow crops that are not intended to be a product. In fact, the term “farm” as a term of art covers a huge range of activities.
So in order to make apples grow on a farm, you need to grow something other than apples. That something may be grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries, flowers, honey, potatoes, corn, or any number of other things.
Apples are a staple crop on most farms, but apples are not an all-purpose crop. Farmers also grow crops like tobacco, cotton, tobacco, cane, hemp, rice, onions, and other staples of their region that are not meant for humans to eat.
The word apple is also a term for the type of growth that you’re growing, not just apples. A year in a farmer’s field of apples is pretty much the same as a year in a farmer’s lettuce. On a farm, a year in a lettuce farm is a year in a lettuce salad. The salad is a year in a lettuce salad, and the salad is a year in a lettuce salad, with the lettuce, lettuce, and salad in it.
In the tobacco industry, for example, you might think of a year as a year of growth, but that wouldnt apply to the farmer. A year of growth is a year where no one on the farm eats the crops they grew. They ate the plants, but not the plants.
In the real world, year is a period of growth, or growth-in-a-period, where the crop has not been harvested.
In a year, you get to eat the crop that was harvested, and that is a harvest year. In a harvest year, you get to eat the crop that was grown, and that is a growing year. In a growing year, you get to eat the crop that was not grown, and that is a yield year. In a yield year, you get to eat the crop that was not harvested, and that is a yield period.