The land gives us more than food, but can the law give back?

The land gives us more than food, but can the law give back?

The land gives us more than food, but can the law give back?


Published in LawNow, May/June 2012Image
By Adam Driedzic, Staff Counsel, Environmental Law Centre

Set foot on Ruzicka Sunrise Farm and something feels different. Whether it is the diversity of birds, the native prairie, or dugouts that test cleaner than some municipal water sources, Don and Marie Ruzicka are clearly deserving of the recognition they have received for environmental conservation. The Ruzickas raise poultry, hogs and beef using a pasture-based model. In contrast to industrial norms, their management practices pursue environmental and economic sustainability together.

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  • Maureen Coffey
    Posted at 10:52h, 28 September Reply

    Were it not for a very narrow focus on mechanisation for twon centuries, agriculture, given the scientific progress in other sciences, might well have gone the route of a more ecological, bio-diverse method of farming. But humans have a hard time controlling and understanding all the parameters that go into an ecosystem. Today, probably for the first time in history, humans can “control” the composition of their farming ecosystems (even taking it to extremes like aquaponics) and arrive at conclusions that drive “permaculture” and other biodiverse, self-stabilizing agricultural regimes forward.

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