Impact Investor and Advocate of Sustainable Agriculture Comments on the Profitability of Sustainable Farming Practices

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Philippe van den Bossche, impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, comments on the profitability of sustainable farming practices.

On August 6, impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, Philippe van den Bossche, comments on the profitability of sustainable farming practices.

According to a July 31, 2013 article published on Southeast Farm Press, entitled, “Sustainable practices will help farmers’ profitability,” soy checkoff farmer, Annie Dee, uses “precision-agriculture technology” to increase her crop yields in a timely and efficient way while decreasing her farm’s overall impact on the environment.

“The use of irrigation has helped our farm become more sustainable by ensuring adequate amounts of water are applied to crops when necessary,” she explains. “With proper timing of irrigation, our soybean yields have increased by 20 to 30 percent and our corn yields have more than doubled, even in drought conditions.”

Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, discusses the potential of profitability for farmers who utilize these practices. “The high cost of the organic farming industry can sometimes deter conventional farmers from switching over. However, it has been shown that, over time, organic farmers spend less on fertilizers and pesticides, which is not only environmentally beneficial, but also economically feasible as well.”

Because of Dee’s use of organic farming practices she has been able to “save on fuel, seed, fertilizer and other inputs, reduce equipment use and relieve operator stress.”

“As input costs skyrocket, sustainable practices will help farmers’ profitability,” she says. “Using these practices will have a positive environmental impact and will benefit all of us now and into the future.”

Philippe van den Bossche is an impact entrepreneur and investor and Chairman/ Owner of Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA), a leading organic agricultural and horticultural consulting and manufacturing company located in Middlefield, Ohio. AEA provides consulting services and specialty nutritional products to farms throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. van den Bossche is an advocate for organic farming and agriculture.

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