Some advancements in the farming method actually came from Iowa cities. “Old Reliable” was the first tractor, created in Iowa, and it closely resembles tractors used today. American agriculture would not be what it is today without the people and places of the Midwest. Modern day farmers can plant three times as much corn as their grandfathers. Approximately two hundred bushels of corn come from one acre of land.
By implementing new farming techniques provided with the new technological advances in machines we can see abundant harvest in even the poorest third world countries. For example, the Green Revolution has already showed admirable progress in the northern part of India ever since it took start in 1950. By 1997, northern India increased its grain production by 37 percent. This has proven that traditional farming methods are being rendered obsolete. 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.
Thankfully, this has not happened yet. Despite the large growth in population, with mechanical developments and The Green Revolution we have been able to increase production in many areas of the world. The grain drain problem has become less reliant on population than the availability of money and power for domination of the grain supply. In 1997-98 there was a big reduction in world stocks, but the MDC's were well fed due to having plenty of money during this time. The USDA givbes some examples of way the MDC's will privately own less grain stock for the benefit of the entire world.
This may sound like a fairytale, but the technology is here at our fingertips for us to grasp onto and use. For centuries, man has found ways to manipulate nature and to select crops for more desirable traits. If society were to stumble across a technology that would further advance these selections, it could quite possibly and significantly reduce the number of starving and malnourished people in the world while at the same time benefit the producers. “The UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimate that farmers will have to produce 70% more food by 2050 to meet the needs of the world's expected 9-billion-strong population. That amounts to one billion tons more wheat, rice and other cereals.” Less than one per cent of the American population is responsible for growing and harvesting all of the food for this country alone.
As society has grown, it seems systems in place attempt to become more efficient and selling haggled pieces of corn is not efficient. It is no wonder why scientists all over the world are working for major corporations like Monsano to make produce and livestock more reliable and efficient. These byproducts are known as GMOs or Genetically Modified Organisms. Although I will openly admit, I am against the idea of GMOs and the unidentified side effects that they may pose, I do believe GMOs have improved the quality of food. Without GMOs we would all be eating haggled pieces of corn!
At the same time, business was leaning how to profit from selling seeds. They learned to create hybrids whose seeds were useless to farmers in the next season. Any natural variation that might occur from these already inbred hybrids was squashed by the farmers who purchased new seeds rather than be surprised by the old, as new equipment demanded consistency. Due to the rise to the rise of industry, and it’s requirements for uniform texture, growing patterns, and long shelf life, the number of varieties found in markets steadily decreased. While there are over 7,000 useful species of plants in our food supply, the agricultural markets have gravitated towards 150 that are heavily relied upon.
Farmers need to supplement with feed that has a higher nutritional value it takes 30 pounds of corn seed to cover an acre of a field. Non-comestible corn seed is about $485.00 for a 56 pound bag. (Seedland) Corn seed is also a liability when it comes to the world of agriculture. For example, there may be a farm that grows only corn, and let’s say that farm has 239 acres of field. It is cheaper to buy silage corn seed than it is to buy alfalfa seed.
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.
First, Overproduction and overuse of corn and soybean could cause healthy crisis to people. Second, unfair distribution in subsidies had limited the growth of fresh fruit and vegetables, and organic farmers. And lastly, the federal spent a lot of money on someone who does not need help. The government should set up stricter requirements to avoid careless spending such as background check, financial reporting, and income standards, etc. Now, it is time for the food industry to enter a free market, where it can balance people’s need and crops price.
This is because corn is America’s most abundant crop, and our entire economy depends on it. With GM corn, it will become easier to mass produce corn. Different types of GMO corn can increase herbicide tolerance, pest resistance, and nutrient availability. However GMO’s contain some cons such as health risks and Economic concerns. Weeds are known to be a bad sign for farmers and gardeners alike.