The book was funded by the Wallace Genetic Foundation and by the Pew Fellows Program of the Pew Charitable Trusts. "Some 40 percent of the world's food comes from irrigated cropland," said Postel, "and we're betting on that share to increase to feed a growing population." But the productivity of irrigation is in jeopardy from the overpumping of groundwater, the growing diversion of irrigation water to cities, and the buildup of salts in the soil. "Our civilization is not the first to be faced with the challenge of sustaining its irrigation base," said Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project in Amherst, Massachusetts, and a senior fellow at the Worldwatch Institute. "A key lesson from history is that most irrigation-based civilizations fail.
And because by the year 2000, there will be half the land per person in developing countries as there was in 1970, we need to apply ultra-efficient methods to sustain the growing need. Not only does the Green Revolution enhances food output, it also preserves the environment. Traditional agriculture requires massive forest and grassland removal to obtain land necessary to farm on. Deforestation and overgrazing has caused erosion flooding, and enabled the expansion of deserts. But with drainage systems, leveling, and irrigation provided by the Green Rev, all this terra deforming will unlikely happen again.
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“Biotechnology companies and “agri-business giants” claim that using technology and synthetics is the only way we can hope to supply our world population.” (Om Organics) With a growing num... ... middle of paper ... ...ered foods. Finally and most importantly, the uncertainty of the consumption for altered crops are still unknown as its companies grow larger each day. With majority of processed foods containing genetically modified crop the next step is now, the Food and Drug Administration has turned their back on this problem for far too long. The next step is to place restrictions on these fast growing genetically modified agriculture companies from dominating the agricultural businesses, if not monitored one hundred percent of todays food will become genetically modified. As americas’ population has more than doubled it has become a large industrial country, with no limits all farm lands will be overrun with Americans.
Did you know that the amount of time it takes for a person to brush their teeth is the same amount of time it takes for 10 children to die of hunger (the hunger project)? Although many organizations have been doing their best to decrease that number, child hunger still remains an ongoing issue throughout the world. During the 1960-1980’s many countries thought child hunger had been solved with the “Green Revolution”; a method created by Latin America and Asia. The ideology of the “Green Revolution” was to enhance staple crop and alter the ways of farming. Although the “Green Revolution” did save thousands of lives, due to an increase in population, diminishing of natural resources, and climate changes, the “Green Revolution” was incapable of aiding 239 million starving people in Sub-Saharan Africa (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation).
Yes it does mean that more food will be available to the countries, but is there not enough food in the world to feed the entire population and yet thousands die each day through starvation. This is yet another example of how man is obsessed with the speed of how knowledge. The genetic modified food would mean that we could produce food more efficiently, so therefore more productive and this in turn would bring the cost of food down, but it wouldn't end the problem of world hunger. One downside for genetic bred animals it that they are all prone to the same faults, so of a new decease presents itself in a few years, then all these animals will be wiped out in a flash. This would have severe implications on the human race of the future.
The significant decrease in agricultural biodiversity over the last 150 years has been caused by the increased desire for control over our food supply. This control has taken several forms. Since the industrial and scientific revolutions, the output of agricultural endeavors has increased through science, business, and government regulations. However, this increased output has come at the cost of variety. Until recently, monocultures, or the growth of only one variety of a species, were rare in agriculture.
How does this work you ask....genetically modified foods. With the world's population growing at a rate that earth's resources simply can't support naturally, scientific intervention has become and will become even more inevitable. Feeding the world's hungry is becoming a more difficult problem to deal with everyday as the populations in unfarmable locations grow to sizes that cannot be supported by the current world food supply. My only question is: Will food or water run out first? Background For thousands of years 2, humans have been selecting the seeds of plants with certain desirable genetic traits to plant the following years crop.
Drought is a large shadow that constantly hangs over the life of a farmer. Will there be enough winter and spring storms to keep the supply boosted? Will there be more regulations this year for the amount of water used? Few people understand that Agriculture in the Valley is a necessity and that without it the price of food will go up and the perfect farm land will be put to waste with a new development coming in. The economics of the Valley’s agriculture is essential to learn and understand.
This allowed for a better crop to develop out of the ground each year because each of the different crops uses different nutrients out of the ground. Then once the grain was harvested it put different nutrients back into the soil. So if you keep on planting wheat in the same spot it will suck all the nutrients it needs to grow out of the ground. After a couple years of planting the wheat on the same land the farmers wouldn’t get as nice of a crop because the nutrients it needs to grow would be all gone. Using this method, the farmers were able grow better crops each year without putting a field to summer ... ... middle of paper ... ...t crop making them more stable and pushing the weak or not so stable farmers into the town in search of jobs.