Are the Issues Caused by Agriculture Worth the Cost? Agriculture is causing more and more issues everyday. Most of our farmlands are used for industrial agriculture, which includes monoculture. After World War II, industrial agriculture was seen as an amazing new way to help the growing world population have enough food.
Today experts, such as farmers and scientists see industrial agriculture as a mistake. There are many impacts of industrial agriculture on our environment, health, and communities, which make it a very unsustainable way to grow food over time In my opinion, we need to stop the mass production of agriculture. First, Monoculture requires many fertilizers and poisons, which kill of weeds and harmful pests. These pesticides are needed because after growing in the same place year after year, the nutrients that was in the original plant, decreases. These fertilizers are overused and can soon begin not to work, because a resistance will be formed from the pests and weeds.
Second, the welfare of our livestock is horrible. So much land is being used for massive monoculturing that the living animals need to be squished in small unlivable areas. To provide more meat for us to eat, these animals are often injected with hormones and antibiotics, to become bigger, and less prone to diseases. These animals are often not free range and they live in extremely small cages, pens, and barns.
Lastly, whenever we choose to attack unwanted organisms, like weeds and pests repeatedly, we give an advantage to the genes we do not want. Soon enough the genes become widespread, and the antibiotic or fertilizer becomes less useful; which is referred to as resistance. The over usage of antibiotics in meat has contributed to the problem of antibiotic resistance which is having an impact on being able to treat harsh diseases, sometimes even life threatening. On the other hand, the mass production of agriculture is helping us feed others who are more in need. The increase of demand for crops and meats can only be fulfilled by mass production. This mass production of food is more effective than all other sources of help when it comes to public assistance. Climate change is also a huge problem that we are facing everyday.
These crops are being grown to survive even the harshest of conditions. Awhile back we could not even grow certain crops when it was not the season for them. Now these crops are able to survive a lot of harsh weather, and may be able to build up a resistance to almost all conditions. I do not believe that the pros of agriculture is worth the cost of the wellbeing of animals and humans. I hope we can find new ways of keeping agriculture but on a smaller scale.