The Environment: Is Your Farm a Friend or Foe?

Farm Tender Jun 26, 2017


As the world as a whole is becoming more environmentally conscious, farmers across the country are encouraged to take a look at their practices to assess they are doing all they can to take care of the environment. As working on the land is the livelihood of farmers, it makes sense to protect our environment as much as possible, whether it is preserving flora and caring for fauna, or minimising future damage. 

In order to assess whether you are a friend or foe to the environment, here are some things you should consider.

Water 

Australia is well known for its blistering heat and drought-like conditions, with many regions being put on water restrictions in desperate circumstances. Even when we experience periods of heavy rain, it still pays to remain water smart and carefully consider our water usage in the home and on our farms. Rain water tanks are a great option, as well as repurposing usually wasted water in the home. 

Pest Control

While we want to protect our crops from pests, we also need to consider the effects our pest control methods have on the environment. We should all know by now the crucial part bees play in our survival. With declining bee numbers, it is important now more than ever to switch to bee-friendly insecticides. 

If you want to avoid pesticides as much as possible, integrating some beneficial animals – like ladybugs and beetles, which love eating flies and mites that will destroy your plants – could be a great idea. Just make sure you create an environment that they will want to stay in.

Power

Many people have already started enjoying the benefits environmentally friendly power sources have to offer, and now you can do the same with your farm as well. Seeking cleaner and more efficient ways to power your farm won’t only do great things for the environment, they could have you saving a lot of money in the process as well – which is always a welcome benefit! Going solar could be the best decision you make and will make you feel good as you know you are on your way to becoming more eco-friendly. 

Purchase used where possible instead of new 

Another way farmers can be greener is by purchasing used equipment wherever possible instead of brand new. Keep in mind that all equipment is manufactured, with a process that consumes energy and raw materials. Purchasing used reduces the impact of manufacturing. 


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