However, the question as to how beneficial the Agricultural Revolution was to humanity remains. Some people argue that the Agricultural Revolution offered and illusion of lavish life, but at more cost than benefit. For example, Friedrich Engels, co founder of Marxism, believed agriculture the direct cause for a loss of political innocence (Noble or Savage 2). Others argue that agricultural came as a great success for the survival of the human race, and believe it to be crucially beneficial to the development of humanity. Both arguments have their flaws and strengths, however, evidence suggests that the Agricultural Revolution benefited humanity from the perspective of a larger group, but came as a deficit to humanity from the perspective of the individual human.
Uriah Cade Mrs. Ingles Honors English 11 26 March 2018 The Importance of Agriculture in the 1930’s In the 1930’s The United States of America had a time of growth in agriculture even in the face of the Great Depression. The Depression caused many farmers to foreclose on farms (Reis 68). The United States had different points in agriculture threw out the 1930’s. Farmers in some parts of the country found wealth in agricultural jobs (Lawrence 1). In other parts of the United States farmers were dealing with drought and bankruptcy (“Dust Bowl 1”).
In historian Jared Diamond’s book and film Guns, Germs and Steel, he attempts to explain why some parts of the world are more economically sound than others. The facts Diamond delves into extend back thousands of years. Some civilizations had what Diamond referred to as “geographic luck”, meaning that some lands were situated in an environment better suited for agriculture and other resource gathering. Other civilizations were also unable to domesticate animals that would have made farming and living on the land easier. Domesticated animals provided milk, fur, meat, as well as the ability to feed off leftover crop beds and create dung to fertilize future crops.
World hunger has always been a problem that has plagued humanity, and through the years, it has remained an almost impossible problem to solve. However, industrialized agriculture has become a possible solution to world hunger with its ability to produce more food on less land than traditional methods. Industrialized agriculture is the solution Robert Paarlberg offers in his article, “Attention Whole Food Shoppers” which first appeared in April 2010 edition of Foreign Policy. Paarlberg attempts to use specific criteria to demonstrate the benefits of industrialized agriculture, such as its impacts on world hunger, the income gap, and global politics. Paarlberg was to an extent successful at proving his points and persuading his intended audience.
These causes helped the rise of food production. The climate of the countries helps in relation to the distribution of food in many countries. Diamond gives a main point of cultivation coming from the Fertile Crescent. He uses diffusion, not when it is convenient for him, but appeals that diffusion grew rapidly. When Diamond does not mention diffusion or mentions very little of it, Diamond’s theory ends with many miscalculations.
At that time, agriculture production is low because of lack of agricultural knowledge and technological inputs were also low which bind the whole family to work in agriculture fields. After 1750s industrial revolution began and it led to advances in agricultural technology that greatly increased food production, which allow other people to pursue other work. At that time horsepower came into use and machinery like steam engine used in the agricultural process. Tractors were used for ploughing. In 1701 Jethro Tull’s used drill ways of sowing seed in rows, in the place of broadcasting.
Moreover, advancement of countries owe their success to capitalism and competition, which owes its success to the slaves captured, abused, murdered, and worked. To understand the root of how new civilizations are created, or why pre-existing civilizations are raided and taken over, we need to have a strong grasp of the concept of capitalism.
Followed by new crops and techniques, increases in output and land improvement, but also urban growth, agriculture became much more productive. Institutions such as enclosures and large farms are said to have increased productivity by encouraging farmers to adopt those new crops and techniques. However, there is little direct evidence for the actual impact of changes in land tenure on agricultural productivity. Indeed, the consequences of the enclosure movement on agricultural productivity has been a deeply debated topic in English economic history. The Bing-Bang was a trigger for the agricultural revolution.
The agricultural technology that was invented during the medieval ages resulted in social and economic developments which affected the lives of those living in that period. The new machinery allowed the townspeople to grow a surplus of food and in result learn new specialties and trades. “When these people could produce a surplus, they were freed to do other things, which provided the basis for towns, cities, and civilization”( flowofhistory.com). Civilian life was made more comfortable because of the advancements that were made through the ages. New agricultural technology changed the early middle ages for the better.
Cocoa has been a key contributor to the economic development of Ghana. This has led some researchers to find out the effects of some factors on the cocoa production and income of cocoa producers. For instance, findings of a research carried out by Fadipe et al. (2012) showed a positive relationship between cocoa output and farm size and access to finance in Nigeria. Vigner emphasized that an increase in farm land dedicated to cocoa has high chances of increasing output.