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sustain +‎ -able

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sustainable (comparative more sustainable, superlative most sustainable)

  1. Able to be sustained.
  2. Able to be produced or sustained for an indefinite period without damaging the environment, or without depleting a resource; renewable.
    • 2008, Kate L. Harrison, The Green Bride Guide, →ISBN, page 174 [1]:
      In addition to the resources listed in the organic and local food sections earlier, a good source of sustainable meat is Heritage Foods USA (heritagefoodsusa.com).
    • 2008 August–October, Dawn Brighid, "A Taste of Hope", in Organic Gardening, ISSN 1536-108X, volume 55, number 6, page 73 [2]:
      Some critics have asserted that sustainable food is "elitist"; that it's too expensive and not widely available.
    • 2010, Anthony Bourdain, Medium Raw, →ISBN, page 129 [3]:
      A city on a hill—or many cities on hills—surrounded by unbroken vistas of beautiful countryside; small, thriving, family-run farms growing organic, seasonal, and sustainable fruits and vegetables specific to the region.
    • 2019, Jason Hickel, Climate breakdown is coming. The UK needs a Greener New Deal in the Guardian.
      Right now, rich nations devour 28 tonnes of material per person per year – including everything from fish to forests, plastics to metals. That’s four times more than ecologists say is sustainable.

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