As basic as organic agriculture is, it is a more complicated farming model today because the intrinsic knowledge of organic farming has been lost to a vast majority of today’s industrial farmers.
SFP’s strength is in our direct success with organic farming, our network of farm operating partners, local farm management and organic grain marketing. All together we are stepping back to the future of farming.
Included here are a series of articles and conversations on investing, farming, the environment, organics, all covering a broad spectrum of thinking that you will find interesting.
Please enjoy these conversations and don’t hesitate to join in.
When discussing the pros and cons of GMOs and the often heard statement “GMOs use are safe” “ it is essential to take a broader view of not only the science itself but the impact the science has on all aspects of our world. It is important to use critical thinking by asking the return question … “Is the very genetic presence of GMOs traits that are inside the plant’s cells safe to eat over time?”. “Is the impact of GMO-based chemical farming healthy for soil and consumers?”. “When nature adapts to the poisons used in conjunction with GMOs what is the impact on soil and personal health when new GMO traits must be deployed leading to the use of even more toxic herbicides?”. “Where does the use of GMOs stop as nature always adapts causing yet higher toxins to be required?”. And most important, as the reader investigates this statement “GMOs use are safe”, is to consider the source. Ask “Who has a vested interest in the answer?” Continue to read a short list of 16 studies that will challenge your thinking.more »
In today’s complex economy how do we progress financially from where we are today and the life of abundance we seek? This is the first question a financial advisor will ask us. It is seldom an easy question to answer because the quality of our life isn’t measured purely in financial terms. There are multiple factors including our work, our family and, fundamentally, our values. How does our quest for financial wealth balance with the people and planet upon whom we depend? Surprisingly, it all begins with soil.more »
FOCUS: SFP follows organic farming practices working with natural systems to mitigate the increasing impact of volatile weather caused by climate change. It all begins with healthy soil.more »
Focus: This report “The Coming Water Wars” by Casey Research paints a chilling picture of water scarcity on a local and global level. “So what do you think is happening to Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam?” The answer is science at its simplest. If your extraction of a renewable resource exceeds its ability to recharge itself, it will disappear – end of story. In the case of Lake Mead that means going dry, an eventuality to which hydrologists assign a 50% probability in the next decade. That is by 2025. DRY and with it goes enough electric power to 1,750,000 average homes.more »
Focus: Dr. Jonathan Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota knows what he is talking about. Our agricultural system built around corn is broken … badly. Let me reiterate, it isn’t corn or the farmers that is the problem, it is the system that costs taxpayers a bushel of money. “In all, US crop subsidies to corn totaled roughly $90 billion between 1995 and 2010 – not including ethanol subsidies and mandates which helped drive up the price of corn.more »
Focus: Climate change causes more erratic weather for farmers to deal with. From drought to flooding, new thinking is required to mitigate the impact of bad weather. SFP uses natural organic farming practices along with drought and flood prevention strategies to optimize sustainable profits and increase soil health.more »
Focus: It has been said many times that the key to a sustainable investment, sustainable living for that matter, is one that serves Profit, People and Planet. As the three legs to the sustainability stool, if you take just one leg away it all falls over. Food is fundamental to our lives. How we grow our food and agriculture’s impact on clean air and water is fundamental and that puts the focus on organic farming.more »