Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture

Organic farming doesn't use synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, or employ veterinary drugs except to treat specific, observed illnesses in animals. Sustainable agriculture is environmentally conscious farming that uses ecologically sensitive farming methods and food processing systems that ensure our ability to feed future generations.

Farmers who use organic and sustainable methods are careful not to overwork their land or rob the soil of its fertility. They use rotational grazing techniques that circulate animals between pastures, and they match the number of animals they raise with the land's carrying capacity (the number of animals a pasture can hold without environmental damage). They practice crop rotation, plant cover crops to restore nutrients to fields and reduce soil erosion, and use compost or decayed organic material as fertilizer.

Choosing products from animals raised under more humane, organic, and sustainable systems will protect your community's environment.  As the demand for humanely produced food increases, producers around the world will find it profitable to turn to humane, organic, and sustainable agriculture.

Learn more about farming, farm animals, and farm animal welfare. Take action!

  • Visit The HSUS Farm Center. These pages include legislative campaigns, news, and videos.
  • Are you a college student who would like to see your school stop using battery eggs? Learn about The HSUS No Battery Eggs campaign
  • Learn about the Center for Respect of Life and Environment, an HSUS affiliate which on higher education, religion, the professions, and the arts in promoting a humane and sustainable future for the entire Earth community.