Whole Health Agriculture
“A Sustainable Agriculture does not deplete soils or people.”
What we dO
Our future health depends on the health of the food we produce and eat. This is indisputable and we feel that this needs to be widely communicated, officially recognised, and acted upon with urgency.
With this in mind, Whole Health Agriculture (WHAg) was set up to:
-Raise public AWARENESS of the benefits of *holistically produced food
– develop INNOVATION and best practice in holistic production systems and methods
– Engage and EMPOWER ‘whole health’ farmers and growers
*We mean food produced by those who prioritise the health of their land, animals and crops through natural, holistic means in order to:
- respect nature and the wider eco-system
- reduce antibiotics and toxic chemicals in the food chain and on the environment
- enhance livestock and wildlife health, welfare & well-being
- enhance our health and that of future generations
WHY THE NEED?
Having been engaged for many years in the development of alternative agriculture and food systems, we are aware of several underlying and longstanding needs which need to be addressed. These include:
– A need for consistent and effective support within the industry for farmers and growers – conventional and organic – who choose an alternative and/or holistic approach to farm health management
– A need for synergy and coherence within the ‘alternative’ farming movement in the development and practice of whole farm health management
– A need to identify and explore the success of holistic health approaches to provide a framework for development and knowledge transfer.
– A need to increase public awareness (including within the food & farming sector, the media, and the medical & veterinary professions) about the success and potential of holistic food production to improve our health
We believe that the need to address these problems is urgent because of:
– The emergence and increase of antimicrobial resistance which is predicted to have a catastrophic impact on our health
– Efforts to suppress, negate and discredit ‘all things natural, holistic, alternative’ instigated by specific corporations and organisations, often proliferated by the media
– A lack of transparency around food production which denies people the freedom to make informed choices, eg Glyphosate, GM, etc
We have concluded that in this situation;
a) the failure to recognise holistic livestock health approaches as a valid and valuable strategy is a dereliction of duty on the part of the relevant authorities,
b) a new initiative to bring collaboration, coherence and a robust higher profile is needed to ensure that holistic, whole farm systems fulfil their potential to have a significant and positive impact on farming and public health.
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