For farmers and gardeners who are interested in animal protection, veganic growing is a perfect way to combine your ethics with your agriculture, since this system of growing food does not use any pesticides or animal products.
Veganic agriculture allows farmers and gardeners to grow food in a way that is respectful to animal life, by using plant-based techniques for fertilization, and by encouraging soil life, animal habitats, and biodiversity on their holding.
When growing food for human consumption, there is often an unfortunate conflict between the interests of humans and the interests of both free-living and confined animals. As meat consumption has risen in the past century, the methods of raising animals have become highly mechanized and profit-oriented, leading to extreme confinement and suffering for the animals. Free-living animals like the wolf that competed for the farmer’s herds were killed off in mass numbers. Even the production of plant foods has become intensified and dominated by agrochemicals, leading to the killing and neglect of animals. The development of farmer’s fields has taken precedence over natural habitats, and competing species are killed with insecticides, pesticides, and traps. Organic farming takes a big step by eliminating many of these practices, yet their fields are often fertilized with the waste products from factory farms and slaughterhouses, like manure, blood, feathers, and bone.
Veganic agriculture is a great solution for farmers and gardeners who are concerned about animals. No animal inputs are used, so veganic farming does not finance the animal agriculture industries. Farmers are encouraged to preserve or develop habitats for animals on their holding, providing much-needed natural spaces for wildlife, and veganic farmers can dissuade many competing species with physical barriers and other non-violent techniques. By adding organic plant-based inputs to the soil, this creates an environment for worms and microorganisms, and these animals in turn create fertility for the crops. Farmers in Europe and North America have run successful veganic farms with techniques that help animal life and also ensure the long-term fertility of their soil.