With the scarcity and high cost of farming land, there are very few large commercial farms in New Jersey. Many of the farms in New Jersey are small family owned or cooperative farms. And while more costly, they are able to effectively apply Sustainable Agriculture Systems and certified organic methods to food production.
With increased demand for healthy food and certified organic farms in New Jersey, many restaurants have taken to using fresh food from local organic farms.
A large quantity of the food we find at today's supermarkets are grown, processed and sold with harmful chemical food additives. These additives change the way food tastes, looks, and increases the food's shelf life.
In an effort to maximize profits, commercial farms use production and growth techniques on domestic animals that include the feeding of animals with low doses of antibiotics, resulting in a risk of producing antibiotic-resistant bacteria in humans.
Commercial produce farms using traditional non- sustainable agriculture systems resort to the use harmful pesticides and fertilizers ultimately seep into ground water, rivers, and streams that find their way into our drinking water.
Sustainable agriculture systems are processes and techniques that are used to produce healthy and environmentally safe food.
As a minimum, these agriculture systems are used to ensure that:
While there is no widely recognized body for certification of Sustainable Food and Agriculture systems, the other components, Organic and Bio Dynamic Food and Agriculture systems have certification standards.