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A farmer’s perspective of technology

A blackberry farmer gives his perspective on how natural solutions to pests as well as technology can help to make farming more sustainable.

In this video blackberry farmer, Wouter van den Bosch, discusses some of the diverse challenges of a natural approach to growing soft fruits, such as the use of bumblebees for pollination and other beneficial insects (which he refers to as beneficiaries) for crop protection as opposed to chemical pesticides.

Measures are also taken on this farm to prevent issues such as food waste caused by production of fruit which is either overripe or misshapen. One solution Wouter uses to prevent waste of overripe fruit is provided through an app: Too Good to Go.

Based on the information shared in the video, in what ways do the three pillars of sustainability apply to the approaches taken on this blackberry farm?

  1. Social (People): Ensuring food security (enough food for all) by following practices that guarantee human access to food and improvement of their welfare, and do not exploit workers.
  2. Environmental (Planet): Efficient use of resources and integrated approaches that minimise waste and negative impacts on both the natural and physical environment.
  3. Economic (Profit): Protecting the financial viability of farms and supporting the longevity of their business, including the ability to re-invest.

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