Lady Beetle, a beneficial insect
Harvestman "spider," a great friend of the farmer
Veganic agricultural practices encompass all of the principles of organic certification but goes well beyond the USDA organic requirements. These include, but are not limited to, using no animal byproducts (manure, blood meal, bone meal, feather meal, fish emulsion, etc.), banning all broad spectrum pesticides that are known to harm beneficial insects and pollinators, and an annual plan to decrease off farm sources of fertility from one year to the next.
So why grow veganically? In a recent report by scientists found that nearly 51% of annual manmade greenhouse emissions came from commercial livestock (source: World Watch, November/December 2009). It is predicted that by 2050 agriculture will expand by 80%, meaning the impact of foods with large carbon footprints will grow proportionally (source: Nature International Weekly Journal of Science, 2014).
According to the Environmental Working Group one pound of beef produced results in 13 lb of CO2 introduced into the environment, whereas the highest listed vegetable on the list, the potato, creates 1.3 lb of CO2 (source: EWG.org, 2011). So eating one pound of potatoes is the equivalent of driving your car three miles, versus driving your car 28 miles when eating one pound of beef.
At Lazy Millennial Farms we believe it is our responsibility to not only minimize our environmental impact, but we want to help both the local and global ecosystem. By opting out and refusing to support commercial livestock, we believe we are making a major impact on our own environmental impact, as well as leading the charge into what we see as the future of American agriculture.
Two farms are currently listened in the Veganic Agriculture Network’s veganic farm list, however, neither of these farms are certified veganic. Lazy Millennial Farms is certified by the major veganic certifying body: the Stockfree Organic certification.
The Stockfree certification standards can be found here