The Industrial Revolution shaped the growing economy at the time in many positive and negative aspects. The Industrial Revolution took place during the late 1800’s and the early 1900’s and was considered to be the “New Industrial.” Many things were brought to the economy at the time due to this occurring; some in which being machinery, technology, production of goods, and even performance. The economy was not the only thing greatly affected by this revolution but the farmers, the working-class, and the middle-class were also affected to a deep extent.
One of my peers read this quote from the article “Landowners own the resource and have the right to pump water from beneath their land, as long as the water is being put to beneficial use,” and was confused at this because he had never heard of landowners being able to pump water on their land and that there was even a law for that. By examining this quote we learned something new instead of just reading it and continuing on. When I was reading this article I found this quote “In a drought, as the rivers run low, less fresh water reaches the ocean, causing an imbalance of salt water to fresh water in coastal estuaries,” and interpreted this fact that when that imbalance occurs it can have some damages to the ecosystem affecting the local vegetation and wildlife. The fisherman and farmers living near the water are also affected by this imbalance causing harm to their crops and animals. The other person I talked to had a personal experience with one of the quotes, “These farmers braved the elements; they were confronted with Mother Nature.”
Farmers were making poor choices in the hopes that it would save their farms and crops and allow them to provide food, money, and shelter to their families. Farmers may have been implementing poor practices, but it was out of the hope that would save them and their livelihoods. Furthermore, “wheat prices in the United States plummeted, so farmers in the Great Plains had to plow up more grassland and plant more wheat just to make a profit. This further contributed to the environmental
The fast food industry also hurts environments around farms in general. It has created an unsustainable cycle that farmers cannot escape. In order to feed themselves and their family, farmers play it safe and buy more fertilizer than needed. When the farmers do not use all of it, they must dispose of it, because that fertilizer will not be as effective next year, so they dump the fertilizer in the areas surrounding their farms. But what this causes is too much nitrogen in the environment because too much nitrogen can kill plants and throw the nitrogen cycle out of balance, in turn hurting the environment.
Every day, more and more roads, building, and parking lots are being built. This is eliminating the amount of forests, meadows, and grassy area all over the world. This actually is worse for our society. Instead of naturally filtered water that goes into the ground, the water is going into ditches, drains, and streams. This causes polluted water that is dangerous for all living things to live in or consume.
Although they agree on the negative impacts of industrial farming, they have different reasons for it. Holon farming, which Pollan discusses, creates a balance in the world, eliminating the need for any pesticides or chemicals. Holon farming is a lot of work and as Berry and Pollan both agreed upon; human beings are becoming lazier since there are effortless ways to complete the work. No one wants to work harder when they know they can do a task in a smoother way. Industrial farmers do not see the negative impacts of factory farming because all that seems to matter to them is the products manufactured.
Farmers began to grow their crops in San Joaquin Valley for more than 100 years. Farms in the valley produce mostly vegetables, fruits, nuts, and dairy and they are the main manufacturers in international markets and major suppliers in the United States (Hanak & Arnold, 2017). Farmers are using polluted groundwater to grow their crops and harming the environment by drying rivers and causing people to get health problems. The reason that there are pesticides in nitrates in groundwater in San Joaquin Valley may be the fact that there is a long history of farming and irrigation and generally permeable sediments (Burow & Dubrowvsky, 2014). The first organization that noticed the growth of nitrates in groundwater is the Regional Aquifier System Analyses Program.
The purpose of a farm sanctuary are to help impede the occurrence of factory farming. By doing so, it encourages awareness about the abuse animals are going through in factory farms. The first sanctuary was founded in 1986 and today they are the nation’s largest animal rescue organization. Additionally, it is known as the most effective protection organization. Workers and volunteers of these organizations see animals as friends, rather than food because of the effects of factory farming on the environment and human health.
Animal waste runoffs or feedlots are farms that specialize in cattle or hogs. These animals are stayed in a very small area of land and they are raised on hormones and grains that make them big and fat for slaughter. Feedlots help provide a lot of protein in America but feedlots contain a lot of the animals poop and other bad substances that can pollute the air and the water with their runoff. Pros of having feedlots is that they produce meat that satisfies U.S. consumers, they’re efficient, and cheap. Cons of having feedlots is that manure contains nitrogen and phosphorus; if not managed properly, they can pollute the nearby lakes,streams,rivers, or oceans, and antibiotic use increases genetic resistance to bacteria in the human body.
Agriculture is the modification of Earth’s surface through the cultivation of plants and animals through the cultivation of plants and animals to obtain economic gain. It was also a key development for the rise of the domestication of animals. Although, its origins cannot be documented for certainty because agriculture began before recorded history, scholars believe that it was started in Southwest Asia. Also, agriculture entails selective breeding of animals with combinations of inherited characteristics that benefits humans. Around the world, agriculture’s steps are the same, but the type of animals that were raised or cultivated differently.
Environmental damage, exploitation of workers, and overpopulation in cities are all negative effects of American Industrialization. American Industrialization had many effects come out of it, both positive effects and negative effects. The positive effects of Industrialization are that it made work cheaper, employed thousands of workers, and improved people’s daily lives.
Due to the amount of antibiotics being used by both humans and animals we might become immune to them sooner than one might think. This is one reason we must put regulations on the amount of antibiotics one uses for an animal or human. Factory farming is a farming system where they put all the animals either inside i cages or inside a factory where they are all cramped together waiting to be transported to the slaughter house in which they are killed. we must put regulations on the amount of antibiotics one uses for an animal or human. When we eat the meat that has been injected with hormones we might end up getting the hormones that were originally meant for the meat.
In conclusion the Agricultural Revolution had a positive effect on human civilization. This is because new jobs were opened up, because of more spare time, which helped simple technologies be developed. Humans also learned how to control their animals and plants. Despite what others may say, many positive effects on human civilization came from the Agricultural Revolution. Also, without the Agricultural Revolution humans would not have been able to develop technology and learn how to domesticate animals as quickly.
Stop Taking Clean Water for Granted Can you stop for a moment and think what would happen if we didn’t have water; clean water? It seems impossible, as we use water to drink, cook, clean, grow things, and for everything else in life. Unfortunately, because of the easy access to one of the most plentiful, and most valuable resources in the world, some people take water for granted. In contrast, other poor people live in places where the only easy way to get water is from a dirty irrigation ditch. Or their only source of water is backyard faucet shared by several homes.