From Western Farm Press:
“A fellow politely, yet sternly confronted me at the California Association of Pest Control Advisers conference in Anaheim. He got in my face with the admonition, “Don’t call organics sustainable.”
OK. I won’t, if I ever did before.
I once liked the word sustainable, but it has been so overused, misused and shanghaied to describe just about anything, that it has become unsustainable — not to mention an indefinable term.
Wikipedia defines sustainability as “the capacity to endure through renewal, maintenance, and sustenance, or nourishment, in contrast to durability, the capacity to endure through unchanging resistance to change. For humans in social systems or ecosystems, sustainability is the long-term maintenance of responsibility, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions, and encompasses the concept of stewardship, the responsible management of resource use. In ecology, sustainability describes how biological systems remain diverse, robust, and productive over time, a necessary precondition for the well-being of humans and other organisms.”
Finish reading here.