Sustainable Food and Farming: feeding the future
Before the Industrial Revolution, farming had zero carbon footprint (if you discounted methane from cow farts, which they couldn’t do much about except for the inhumane use of corks). Animals were used to pull ploughs, soil management was done by natural means, and crops were developed by cross-breeding. Without knowing the meaning of the term, farming was organic, and it’s a state we are now struggling to return to after ovetechnologyr two centuries of technological advancement.
Ecosystems have been disrupted by farming as producers seeking higher profit margins develop their crops to the exclusion of all else that shared the space with them. Intensive farming has bled the soil of its nutrients, which have to be replaced by artificial means. In response to this state of affairs, a sustainable farming movement began in the 1980s and has been gathering momentum ever since.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst offers an Online Certificate in Sustainable Food and Farming for those seeking to expand their knowledge. It is designed for adults looking to make a career change, returning veterans, high school grads not ready to go to college full time, and those pursuing an interest in food, farming, homesteading or gardening.
The 15-credit Certificate can be earned by choosing from a wide list of courses costing £472 per credit. The credits will count towards a Bachelor of Science degree if further study is taken in that direction. Courses include Agricultural Chemistry, Holistic Orchard Management, Land Use Policies and Sustainable farming, Non-Profit Management of Community Food Programs, Organic Vegetable Production, Pastured Poultry, Urban Agriculture, and many more.
Whichever range of courses they choose, students will be enabled to depend less on industrial agriculture, be it to feed themselves, their communities, or the world.