Today, behind worldwide massive food production lies industrial farming, driving food niches from fast food chains to instant microwavable food. Industrial farming’s main features are single-crop farms and animal coops. Hailed in the past as an industrial miracle, today an increasing chorus of farming experts, researchers and policy makers think the industrial agriculture sector is at a stalemate, with a misguided approach to generating food.   Unsustainable Method Commercial agriculture’s impact on public health and the environment has made it an unsustainable method to grow our food for the long term. A more sustainable farming system is found on science-based techniques.   Monoculture Concept A foundation of commercial food production, monoculture’s concept is to grow single crops intensively year in and year out. In the United States, these are grown: Corn, wheat, soybeans, cotton and grain; Beef, pork, chicken and other meats.   Present Day Farm Factories Here, farm animals […]

  Farming utilises land or water areas as facilities for food production, mainly for agricultural practice or for aquaculture. Useful commodities include among others: Grains Fish Livestock Fibre Several farming methods are practiced worldwide. Some of these include: Subsistence Farming Characterized by farmers having small and scattered land areas, most farmers practicing this method are poor who never use: Fertilizer High-yield seed varieties They produce for local consumption. In this method, work is done manually following traditional processes.   Plantation Agriculture Introduced by the British in the 19th century, this method: Involves planting a single crop variety over huge tracts of land. Requires lots of capital to run. Also, it’s dependent on: Agricultural experts Sophisticated farm machinery Irrigation Fertilizers Good transport facilities   Crop Rotation Here, crops are grown one variety at a time on a land area, usually done to maintain land fertility. Switching crop types on a piece […]

In order to increase profits and feed a growing population, agriculture has increasingly turned to factory farming methods. For a while, it looked like the traditional family farm was going extinct as major farming corporations began to take over the agricultural business. There is nothing wrong with farms that work efficiently, but there may be many things wrong with current farming practices.   However, many critics say that typical factory farms are dangerous to people and cruel to animals. Chemicals and pesticides leak into ground water and the air, and they hurt the environment. Vaccinations make it into the food supply. Animals live short and awful lives. In response, a growing movement has emerged to eliminate the problems with factory farms and provide food for a crowded planet.       What Will Farming in the Future Be Like? Hopefully, farmers will put the brakes of certain dangerous and cruel […]

Farming with Better Crops

Farming has become a major industry across the world. However, people need to realise that farming is also one of the industries that is having a difficult time in attracting the younger generation. This means that it could start to fail to provide the required amount of crops to help support the world’s population. This is when people should know about how they can start to support the population of the world with some of the better crops that are available and how this is going to help farmers make enough food to feed the entire population.   Improved Crop Selection Methods With better crop selection, farmers are going to start to get a higher yield on their harvest. This in turn means that people will have more crops to send to the market to help to support the population, but also will start to get the right amount of […]

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