On the contrary, organic farming relies more on people for knowledge, daily monitoring, and production. A study by the Soil Association shows organic farming can potentially provide 32 percent more jobs per farm than conventional farming in the United Kingdom (Herro 2006). However, critics have argued that human labors will lead to higher food prices, which makes the shift infeasible. But while this may be true in developed country, a full scale shift to organic farming in developing countries, where labors are much cheaper than pesticides, can lead to a much higher profit for the farmers. Organic farming attracts younger employees than any other work industry.
Although there may be various disadvantages such as diseases, time consummation and many more, with the proper care the results of hydroponic farming may be propitious. For example, in a report from “Fresh Plaza” entitled “New report on Hydroponic Crop Farming in the U.S” states, “During the five years to 2013, revenue for the Hydroponic Crop Farming industry has maintained positive growth, indicating that the recession had a minimal effect on industry operators. Over the five-year period, a growing number of individuals shifted to healthy eating and consuming organic produce, resulting in high demand. In addition, extreme weather conditions damaged many crops for fresh field farmers, so grocery stores and farmers markets quickly turned to hydroponic farmers to meet their demand.” (IBIS). How can hydroponics revolutionize the future of the world?
This is mainly because with organic methods there is no need to spend money on a wide array of chemicals, eliminating the fuel cost of applying the substances, but yet your producing just as much, increasing the overall profit line (Delate). Furthermore, there is an ever-expanding organic market. Organic food sales have increased from $1 billion in 1990 to $26 billion in 2010. Likewise, the sale of organic vegetables and fruits in 2010 increased tremendously by 11.8% from 2009, despite a slow economy (2011 Organic Industry Survey). Organic farming has also shown to improve rural farm communities by creating more sustainable local jobs (Hanley).
Then the agricultural revolution brought changes to crop rotation, the new inventions and the amount of land one farmer could farm in one year with little help. New crops such as potatoes and corn were introduced during the 1700s which gave the farmers more options of grain to plant each year. A great way of getting the most amount of grain out of the crop was introduced during the 1700s, it was called crop rotation. Before crop rotation farmers would plant a crop, and then the next year they would leave the field to summer follow. This had helped for a better crop every second year but farmers just couldn’t afford to have no crop the one year.
?Organic food sales total more than $7 billion per year and are growing at double-digit rates? (Pimental, et al). When farmers begin to think in terms of profit instead of yield, organic production becomes a viable move. Farmers benefit from this style of agricul... ... middle of paper ... ...thout damage to the land or through killing off key species in the ecological web. The globalization of organic production provides hope for the future through the sustainability of the small farmer and the environment.
These are caused by the activities that agriculture engages with such as breeding of livestock, ploughing of fields, deforestation, and the use of pesticides and other agrochemicals. Climate change affects countries differently, mainly due to their ability to adapt and their geographical location. Canada and Russia benefit from the changes in climate while Sudan and Bangladesh are affected negatively, struggling to adapt. Agriculture and climate change are interrelated processes that exist mutually making it harder to reduce one without affecting the other. Climate change is currently affecting agriculture because it is causing prolonged droughts, violent flooding, sea level to rise, and also health related issues.
Both the farming and business sides were shown during a recent visit. ICE has built a state of the art indoor hydroponic farm, Farm.One located on ICE’s Financial District campus. The hydroponic garden has grown over 250 crop varieties to date, producing unusual flavors from around the world in an ultramodern, controlled environment. At a given time, approximately 50 different crops are grown, including rare herbs, salad greens, tomatoes, eggplants and some fruits. Some of the highlights herbs during the visit were; Mountain Mint, Irish Mist, pineapple Mint and Scarlet Frills.
The Impact of Human Activities on the Environment Everything that humans do has some impact on the environment. Pollution is a result of human activities in the environment. The main sources of pollution are farming, water pollution and air pollution. Farming is having an increased impact on the environment. This is because there is increased pressure on farmers to produce a single crop and to concentrate on one form of animal husbandry, such as, dairy cattle or pig breeding.
Erosion is d... ... middle of paper ... ...r the larger yields and energy consumption on conventional farms but are extremely inefficient because they consume a lot of energy to produce and transport. According to Gomiero, the use of N-fertilizers alone “can account for more than 50% of the total energy input” of conventional systems (244). Organic techniques do not include the use of synthetic materials. This means that there are healthier more diverse agro-ecosystems on organic farms. Having more biodiversity can increase the farms performance while staying in harmony with nature.
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.