Vegan farming takes organic to next level
"Customers are becoming more aware about how their food is grown and the practices by the farmer who's growing it,"
- Don Bustos
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The tradition of farming the land in northern New Mexico's Espanola Valley had been passed down from Don Bustos' Spanish ancestors, who tilled the same soil centuries before.
But when Bustos realized that the traditional farming techniques he was using could harm his children's health, he went organic 15 years ago.
Now, Bustos said, he has found an even safer method: vegan organic farming, without any animal fertilizers or byproducts.
Much like certified organic farmers, veganic farmers use no synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or genetically modified ingredients.
Veganic farmers take it to another level by not using any manures or slaughterhouse byproducts. They don't even use organically approved pesticides.