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The kind of lifestyle that many families lived in the Southern Plains was a difficult one. Decades before the Dust Bowl era, plowing and harvesting was not unfamiliar to these lands in the Southern Plains. It was not until the 1930s though, that the environment had changed drastically with the decrease in precipitation and weak roots that could not hold down the topsoil. Also, before the Dust Bowl era, there was less incentive to go out to the Southern Plains and produce crops. Because farmers were encouraged by the government’s federal aid, and promise of getting out of the depression, the population and acreage had increased.
The aftermath of the AAA saw hard times for many. Sharecroppers, who did not own their own land and became unemployed as the AAA did not help them. Some got jobs with farmers that did own land destroying their crops, but once th... ... middle of paper ... ... Schlessinger claims the New Deal only got the wheels of industry turning but no more. Economists who opposed the New Deal claimed that the acts introduced were only short-term policies and that there was no real long term plan for America’s future. They believed that those who came to rely on the New Deal had been conned as all evidence pointed to the fact that some time in the near future they were likely to become unemployed again.
pag.). People back then used the term Dust Bowl to help describe the people that lived in the hard times of the drought stricken region during the Great Depression. The Dust Bowl is still a term we use today to describe the harsh times of the droughts and dirt storms. The Dust Bowl was a harsh time to live in, it affected many things such as: the way people lived and farming. People had to live off of the possessions they owned and what little money they had or could earn.
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Family farms would thrive because there is little competition. The world as a whole would suffer because the small farms in the United States could no longer supply the world, let alone its own citizens, with food. The farming industry as a whole is failing and that is why we see family farms disappearing from the landscape of America. America has lost 300,000 farmers since 1979 (Wilkinson). Dr. Hudson, a professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Illinois, stated in the Chicago Tribune, "As an overall industry, farming presents little chance for growth."
The period between 1870 and 1900 was a time to change politics. The country was for once free from war and was united as one nation. However, as these decades passed by, the American farmer found it harder to live comfortably. Crops such as cotton and wheat, once the cash crop of agriculture, were selling at prices so low that it was nearly impossible for farmers to make a profit. Improvements in transportation allowed larger competitors to sell more easily and more cheaply, making it harder for American yeoman farmers to sell their crops.
Because more than half the farmers will no longer be able to make their living; secondly, the very merits of genetically engineering are dangerous; lastly, there are no laws which protect our right. First, I am opposed to genetically engineered food because half the world's farmers can no longer make their living. This is because they will not be able to afford to buy seeds (Edwards 22). Up to the present, farmers could gather seeds up from the crop and replant them next year. However, many genetically engineered seeds are made to grow only one growing season.
The fields of the Great Plains were mainly grown with wheat, for it was the crop that farmers thought will lead them to a wealthy life (Documentary, 2014). Unfortunately, the land of the Great Plains was being overran by too many wheat fields. To make matters worse, farmers did not know what good agricultural techniques were; as a result, the land was tilled, over-plowed and abused (Documentary, 2014). The farmers did not know that the land has its limits, and ignoring it will have a consequence. In this case, the consequence was the dust bowl.
In conclusion, Monsanto is destroying the genetic integrity of most naturally grown foods, ruining the life style of many small farmers who depend on their crops to make a living, and are stealing money from people who have Monsanto’s corn on their land just from natural cross breeding of plants. The public needs to hear about what Monsanto is doing. Their website seems perfectly happy and makes them seem super good and environmentally friendly but that’s what is made to do. They only tell you what they want you to hear not what you need to hear.