Although tobacco was a large crop within Virginia, providing for 40 percent of Virginia’s economy during the early colonization period, it was tough to grow (Encyclopedia Virginia). Tobacco exhausted the fertile lands in Virginia because it took all the nutrients from the soil (Bacon’s Rebellion). Since tobacco harmed the land, settlers struggled to gain profit from the growth of the crop. In addition to lower profits, Berkeley’s land grants and the way tobacco grows supplemented to the continuous cycle of indentured servitude. Plantation owners needed cheap labor to grow tobacco, and were unable to fulfill their original contract of land as payment for years of work.
The topsoil, now loose, was easily picked up by wind, creating large waves of dust rushing towards homes and farms. Without crops, farmers lost valuable money, leaving them with two choices, to move away in order to make a living, or continue to lose money. “60 percent of the population moved from the western area...due to the drought that was killing cattle and ruining crops”(History.com). They had “set up the region for ecological disaster” (History.com) and could no longer live in the area. John Steinbeck wrote in his 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath: “And then the dispossessed were drawn west- from Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico; from Nevada and Arkansas, families, tribes, dusted out, tractored out.
Like for instance“People caused the dust bowl because the people wanted more. They wanted more because it happened in the middle of the great depression. So there was a lot going on.“Dry land farming on the Great Plains led to the systematic destruction of the prairie grasses. In the ranching regions, overgrazing also destroyed large areas of grassland. Gradually, the land was laid bare, and significant environmental
This problem will get worse and worse overtime, and could eventually kill out those beautiful colored springs that the world is used to. Many have said, “that the cause of colony collapse disorder is likely a combination of factors that includes the widespread use of pesticides and fungicides, as well as the spread of viral pathogens and parasitic mites in beehives“ (Tucker). these can wipe out an entire colony or even thousands. This problem is a global problem, as Europe is also seeing the effects of an extraordinarily strong winter rolled by, potentially causing around 50% of their bee population to drop due to the harsh cold and crisp air. This is generally the most concerning against global warming causing harsh winters and summers, potentially dropping the bee population
Many attempts were made to increase the economy, but to some it seemed like the U.S. had completely forgotten about them. F.B Tracy once stated, “In either case he needed money, to make the payment or maintain himself until prices should rise. When he went to moneylenders, these men often dishonest usurers told him that money was scarce, that the rate of interest was rapidly increasing, etc.” (C2, An Iowan Assesses Discontent, 483) Inhabitants of the South were so desperate to gain money in any way possible that many people went to unsafe moneylenders, in which most cases caused for the individual to pay more for the loan than they actually borrowed. The farmers were barely able to support themselves and were in a deep state of depression that they could not get out of, despite numerous attempts. Then, as the South and west got worse, the East simultaneously got worse.
Although there are many causes of the Dust Bowl the three most significant causes were the drought, removal of grass and the overproduction of crops in the Great Plains. The drought greatly dried out the land in the Great Plains. Removal of grass was also crucial during World War I because of the demand for wheat, but it was not during the Dust Bowl. By removing the grass it created much more room for storms to pick up the dirt and destroy
Other invasive plants are Melaleuca, Old World climbing fern, Australian Pine, Brazilian Pepper, and Seaside Mahoe. Power plants released mercury to the atmosphere and fell to the water as rain. Phosphorus and mercury caused water pollution and negatively affected many animals and the ecosystem. Many panthers were found dead. We have to improve the water quality in the Everglades otherwise more animals are going to die.
The ever-rising cost of farm living is growing exponentially every year, but income continues to decline how do we expect the small farmers to make it? Between new generations, rising cost, the growth of agribusiness, and the advancements in technology we have virtually wiped out all of the family farms we saw 50 years ago. This is no new phenomenon, farmers have always been motivated to “get big, or get out” as President Nixon’s secretary of agriculture Earl Butz said in 1973 (Down on the farm). The farmers of the 21st century have done just that, gotten big. Michael Pollan, a writer of food production and author of bestselling books, blames the government's way to enable the big businesses and forget
The dust bowl made food way overpriced and rare to find fresh crops. For example “for a $2 a bushel to 4$ the crops skyrocketed”. ( ken burns ). I pick this quote because it ruined the economy because every crop is higher because there isn't a lot of good crops they were all ruined. The dust bowl and the great depression made land really cheap.The dust bowl made the land drop 5$ an Acre the dust bowl made everything drop and the great depression.
The loss of bees is extremely devastating in terms of crops and economic stability in regards to the crop yields and loss of much of the food in our super markets, ultimately resulting in a temporary shortage of certain products that may be vital in order to sustain a population regarding the consumption of foods, which will lead to a famine in some parts of the world.The colony collapse disorder is the result of various factors, even our fast paced economic life style has an effect on these beautiful little creatures. The fast paced lifestyle of today calls for higher profit and crop yields, but due to our booming industry, pollution has also increased causing global warming to occur. Global warming causes flowers to bloom long before or after pollinators come out of hibernationAnother huge factor is the use of pesticides, such as neonicotinoid. Pesticide use on farms results in the bees being killed and harmed, unable to carry out their specific duties. Habitat loss due to our fast paced lives is also a huge factor in killing our bees, development over areas, not leaving anywhere for the bees to actually live.
The major sources of the excess nutrients comes from over fertilization of crops with animal manure seeping into waterways, and animals having direct access to waters where waste is carried into the watershed (Baker, 2015). Prior to industrialization, the forests used to serve as buffer zones from the farms to naturally sift out much of the excess nutrients. With the growth of population, farms, and factories, thousands of acres of forest has been leveled, eliminating the natural barrier. Along with the with forest loss, the use of pesticides and chemicals has degraded the water so much that the Bay is currently on the Environmental Protection Agency 's "dirty waters" index.
Farmers were forced to by expensive machinery to increased crop production, which were sold at low prices and caused even more debt..In a vicious circle, their farm machinery increased their output of grain, lowered the price, and drove them even deeper into debt. In 1890, many farmers lost land due to mortgages. Farmer then began sharecropping in order to survive. Water scarcity and over-used land made it hard for farmers to pay local taxes. Farmers were hit with barbarous trust like the harvester trust, the barbed-wire trust, and the fertilizer trust.
The fact that we lose an acre of land every minute makes it hard to feed a large population, while urban sprawl increases population it also decrease the amount of food like fresh supply, and local foods. This situation can easily be prevented to protect our agricultural land by increasing the density so that more people live in townhouses and apartments instead of large blocks of
Farmers use most of our water for growing crops and raising animals. If California doesn’t get enough water food prices are going to rise up. The increasing cost of food decreases the profit of a farmer. “I almost feel like farming will eventually become obsolete here.” ( Herbets 1) . Many people in California are facing horrible problems due to the drought.