Steve Savage, is trained in biology B. Stanford and plant pathology Ph.
The science of agriculture has been refined and perfected over time to accommodate for the ever-increasing human population. Until recent centuries, productive crops were mostly organic and existed with some permanence as part of a landscape.
As communities grow though, less and less land is available for food production and existing crops become easily exhausted. Food insecurity caused by rapid population growth has pressured science to step in and produce many synthetic chemicals and gene manipulation techniques to maximize the potential of plants.
In addition, agricultural production has increased tremendously worldwide over the last century. Coupled with this growth however is the pollution and degradation of the natural environment. Many agricultural techniques exist today, but in an effort to adjust to the exponential trends of our population without compromising the integrity of the environment it is necessary to have a global transition towards sustainable farming.
With the current population at seven billion and rising, an important question must be addressed: Fortunately humans have been perfecting agricultural methods for thousands of years, which can help to answer this question.
This paper will analyze and compare two types of farming, organic and conventional. In a comparison of agriculture, my goal is to assess the impact and performance of each practice and then identify the best method for growing crops.
Although there are many types of agricultural practices, they can be generalized as sustainable or conventional based on the techniques used. This is a traditional, more permanent type of farming that relies on ecosystem services to maintain the integrity of the landscape while still producing sufficient yields.
Conventional farming uses synthetic chemicals and fertilizers to maximize the yield of a particular crop or set of crops, which are typically genetically modified.
This method requires a significant amount of chemical and energy input and weakens the ecology of a landscape. In a comparative analysis of these two techniques, it is important to highlight the fact that the crops studied differed in soil composition, geography, and rotation systems.
Due to the many different factors determining crop health and productivity, there is a need for much more extensive research on the subject. Therefore, my goal in writing this paper was to use reliable, long-term research that made specific assessments of the two generalized types of farming and then compare the results.
History of Agriculture Agriculture has played a tremendous role in the advancement of human society. Agriculture has been around since roughly 10, B.
The science has encouraged people to live and develop rich, permanent settlements all over the world. When humans first discovered the potential of planting seeds, they suddenly had the ability to explore the world and establish infrastructures wherever soils were fertile.Organic farming is a farming method that involves growing and nurturing crops without the use of synthetic based fertilizers and pesticides.
Also, no genetically modified organisms are . What is organic farming / organic farming concept and development. What is organic farming? Organic farming system in India is not new and is being followed from ancient time. It is a method of farming system which primarily aimed at cultivating the land and raising crops in such a way, as to keep the soil alive and in good health by use of.
Sustainable Vs. Conventional Agriculture. This paper will analyze and compare two types of farming, organic and conventional. In a comparison of agriculture, my goal is to assess the impact and performance of each practice and then identify the best method for growing crops.
All organic products begin as crops grown without toxic persistent pesticides which can end up in soil and water, as well as in your food.
Since , all organic food products sold in the U.S. are required to meet strict USDA Organic standards. When the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) began its tracking program in , there were approximately 2, to 3, certified organic farmers in the United States.
In , all 50 states had some certified organic farmland. The organic craze is rapidly growing in popularity, but in fact, organic farming has been around forever.
The word organic simply means that nothing unnatural, toxic, or harmful are used in any step of the production process.