Soil pollution is actually a big issue that needs to be solved. From small farms to factory farms, most of them are contributors to the pollution. Soil pollution levels are increasing today because how the farms operate. Changes need to be made to lower the pollution levels. Modern farms today are different and more complicated then farms from our past.
The Neolithic Agrarian Revolution was the world’s first historically verifiable revolution in agriculture, being established around the beginning of the 8000 B.C.E. The Neolithic Agrarian Revolution is described as a “revolution” to represent just how vital and significant that the degree of change that was brought into their lifestyles and how it affected the communities where new agricultural practices were progressively adopted, implemented, and refined. In this revolution many of the cultures began to rely on domesticated animals and cultivated crops more than they had in the past because they wanted to feel more secure in knowing they had a reliable source of food. Everywhere, this transition seems to be linked with a modification from the once typical, nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle to a more settled, agrarian based way of life. With the change in lifestyles, the beginning of the domestication of various plant and animal species was brought forward.
The uptake of agriculture amongst communities permitted other residents to seek alternate forms of work and lifestyles. This support and reliance of agriculture as a basis for cities ensured the further development and integration of agriculture into average life. The extinction of species as a result of human development in communication and technologies combined with temperature changes, forced agricultural adoption in some circumstances. Despite this, certain environments were also able to continue supporting foraging, with some experiencing an increase in resources. The adoption of agriculture was heavily influenced by one's local environment as a result of a combination of factors.
1. The British Agricultural Revolution is said to be one of the major causes of the Industrial Revolution. The British Agricultural Revolution improved the agricultural production which then made workers want to work in other districts. The Enclosure movement also made food production more productive. But this forced the part of the population that couldn't find work in agriculture into the cottage industry.
So overall, Agriculture is playing a very important role in changing the lifestyle of different people. Agriculture might have made everything easy for us but it still has its cons. We see the effects of agriculture and how it affects the lives of other species and the environment.
Many biodiversity-rich landscape characteristics have been lost due to intensive farming (Young, Richards, Fischer, Halada, Kull, Kuzniar, Tartes, Uzunov & Watt, 2007). For example, traditional farming was replaced by private farms in Europe after the First World War causing an immense change in land use patterns. Another major proble... ... middle of paper ... ... present rate of human population growth, we might well be heading for the sixth mass extinction crisis. Loss of biodiversity is an environmental issue that is causing a lot of global concern. Some of the main causes for loss in biodiversity are alteration of habitats, increasing levels of pollution and human population growth.
There are major issues that are causing species to become extinct and hurt our way of life and other animals do to the change in food chain. Many of the issues of biodiversity loss can be traced back to human interaction to the environment. One of the issues is alteration and loss of habitats. A lot of this issue is based on the destruction of habitats and for the land to be used for human consumption. The land is either used up for agricultural use or for neighborhoods.
For my research I set my heart on further exploring this relationship between human’s participation in agriculture and its affects on the environment. Hence, I began my research trying to figure out what it is that people are doing to leave the world with fewer agriculturally usable lands. After reading a hand full of books, I found myself with even more unanswered questions and lots of contradictory information. Some books, like One with Nineveh: Politics, Consumption, and the Human Future, say that the unbelievable growth in population and the population’s consumption is at fault rather tha... ... middle of paper ... ...in, Jon. “2.6 OBSTACLES TO BETTER LAND MANAGEMENT.” Better LandHusbandry: From Soil Conservation to Holistic Land Management.
The continued growth of agricultural land has resulted in the loss of habitat for many species. Another issue is the continuous growing of one crop or monoculture, for it depletes the soil of vital nutrients used for native plants and can spread diseases throughout the soil. Nutrients can take many years to fully regenerate after a farmer sells their land. Exfoliation of minerals and oil have also contributed to the destruction of the earth’s surface. Since the 1700s, natural habitats have been destroyed, and environments have been polluted due to industrial practices.
The evolutionary consequences of a switch to an agrarian lifestyle initially seem detrimental to humans. Diamond (2002) explains that this switch lead to more work, more diseases, and bad nutritional conditions, which all contributed to a decreased body size in humans. However, the greater food production of the agrarian culture gave rise to a population explosion alongside a technological explosion and social stratification since humans could now begin to focus on jobs other than collecting food (Diamond, 2002). The homelands of these agricultural societies were located in regions to which domesticable species were native and numerous, the most well-known being the Fertile Crescent region of the Middle East. Diamond (2002) defines a domesticate as “a species bred in captivity and thereby modified from its wild ancestors in many ways making it more useful to humans.” He goes on to explain the shared characteristics of domesticated animals, which include decreased brain size and sensory organs that were less fine-tuned, and plants – stalks that are preven... ... middle of paper ... ...companions or the potential to use maize as an alternative fuel, the negative consequences of domestication have become increasingly greater.