International Year of Family Farming

Did you know that the Agriculture Organization of the United Nations labelled 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming?

Family farming is when family members contribute towards the maintenance and functioning of their farms, many of which are passed from one generation to the next. They are a sustainable way of protecting the environment, economy and population.

According to Eurostat (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery Statistics, November 2013, p. 249), over 90% of agricultural labour in Malta is carried out by family farms. This is a hugely impressive number, but there is still so much we can do to improve our environment and make it more sustainable.

Here are some simple ideas for you to make our environment that little bit greener:

– Grow some of your own fruit and vegetables (potatoes, onions and leeks require less water, so are perfect for the Maltese weather).

– Use less water – avoid having baths and take showers instead.

– Take the bus instead of the car or share your journey with someone else going in the same direction.

– Create a compost heap by collecting all foodstuffs and other biodegradable material in a bin. This is great for improving soil quality.

– Recycle, recycle and recycle!

– Keep little potted plant to attract bees and other important wildlife (mint, sage and lavender can be useful in the kitchen too)

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