Activity 2: Defining sustainability

Instructions: Below are two related definitions of sustainability. Read these definition and answer the questions listed below. Be prepared to explain your argumentation with the rest of the class

1: United Nation definition of Sustainable Development as per the original Brundtland Commission and its Report of 1987, (see also 2007 document): Sustainable development as defined by the Brundtland Commission is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

2: The USDA legal definition of Sustainable Agriculture as cited in von Keyserlingk et al., (2013): An integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will over the long-term:
  • satisfy human food and fiber needs,
  • enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agriculture economy depends,
  • make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources,
  • and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls,
  • sustain the economic viability of farm operations,
  • and enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.

  1. What do you "see" in each of these definitions?
  2. What do these definitions imply?
  3. Discuss the strength and weaknesses of each definition from your own perspective.

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Owner:Michel W.Group:DS 471 Food Production Systems and Sustainability
Created:2016-02-02 13:28 CDTUpdated:2017-01-24 15:04 CDT
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