We want to improve land, water and plant management in a sustainable way. We realize that any human
intervention will make changes to the natural environment. This is OK. We are part of the environmental
system. We want to minimize the negative impacts, and, wherever possible, create benefits for multiple
users of water, land and atmosphere resources. We believe this is possible in food and fiber production.
Water is used consumptively and non-consumptively. Consumptive use of water takes water out of the basin,
extracting it from other uses downstream. Non-consumptive use of water returns the water for further use
downstream. The hydrological cycle will ensure that water remains available in different parts of the
landscape, although changing rainfall patterns (during the year, between years, trend over decades) impacts
both the consumptive and non-consumptive water users.
Greenhouse gasses are also part of a cycle. Nitrogen, carbon, phosphate and other elements (like sodium,
calcium, chloride and sulphates) are moved through the landscape through natural and human processes. Here
too we attempt to maximize the beneficial uses of these nutrients for food and fiber production, while at
the same time reducing the negative impacts of excessive use, or excessive concentration of elements in
certain locations of the landscape.
Soil is the medium that contains both water and nutrients. Soils develop over time, and change properties
due to natural and human processes. Water and nutrients interact with soil, and optimized management of
soil will maximize benefits to men, women and their environment.
All the processes described above are influenced by global, regional and local factors. Some of these factors
are self-imposed (laws, regulations, impact) while others are part of natural cycles. Through analysis and
understanding of these processes, we work towards long-term sustainable solutions. That is our vision!