About Us
About Us

The Global Agriculture Sustainability Project (GASP) was formed to advance a new and practical approach to sustainable Agriculture .

Our approach sustainability is based on the principle that we must meet the needs of the present without compromising the future. Stewardship is at the core of our approach.  We believe that farmland must be preserved and that farming practices should embody a holistic approach when evaluating the environmental impact of a particular agricultural practice.

We support implementing programs and technologies that provide safe working and living conditions for laborers.  These actions should always look towards improving the economic condition of rural communities, protectiong consumer safety, and supplying enough food to feed a growing world population.

A systems approach is vital in view of sustainability. This approach, in its broadest sense, encompasses the individual farm, the local ecosystem, and communities affected by a particular farming system. It allows for a more comprehensive view of the effect that a given farming practice may have on both the community and the environment.

This systems viewpoint also implies interdisciplinary efforts in research and education, and public policy. This means that researchers, farmers, farm workers, consumers, and policymakers must to work together to develop solutions.

We believe that the transition to practical sustainable agriculture is already in process. Farmers generally have been taking steps to minimize the impact of their operations on the environment.  They already employ many methods which are "sustainable" such as: Integrated Pest Management (IPM), reducing fertilizer rates, more judicious use of water, and conservation tillage to prevent erosion.  There are still important issues that need to be addressed such as minimizing the number of equipment trips over the field to minimize emissions and the carbon footprint of agricultural practices but much progress has already been made. 

Economics and personal goals influence how fast or how far participants can go in the transition. It is important to realize that each small decision does make a difference in advancing the entire system. The key to moving forward is the will to take the next step.  One of the keys to ultimate success will be developing and implementing practical sustainable practices throughout the world.  We must find solutions that work, to provide more food to in certain areas of the world without creating environmental chaos.

Finally, it is important to point out that moving  to practical sustainable agriculture will require a new way of thinking about the topic.  There is no "one size fits all" approach that will work for all production systems, crops, or agricultural areas of the world.  Our focus is on finding, developing and implementing the most practical solutions to problems that exist today, these solutions must fit the culture and conditions of the local community and provide a safe sustainable food supply for the population.  Feeding people is the primary purpose of agriculture.