Neonicotinoids in large amounts will kill pollinators quickly. Michele Simon, a food health lawyer, clarifies that even small amounts can cause immense complications that result in worker bees not returning to their colonies. With damaged nervous systems, the pollinators develop problems that lead to Colony Collapse Disorder. Adding to the problem, most of the crops we consume are showered with neonicotinoids (2). Therefore, we are contributing to the
Not only is it the second most polluting, it is also depleting natural resources. There is a shortage of farmland because of the demand for cotton growing; millions of gallons of drinkable water are wasted on the production of cotton. This new means of production is expected to impact design and product development, sourcing and manufacturing, retail distribution and consumers, as well as sustainability optimization (Sun and Zhao).
When it comes to clean energy, the politics are more dangerous than the environment changing. Kozloff states in the epilogue “as climate change intensifies it is spurring tremendous social conflict,” (174). This is related to the agriculture industry because agriculture, and the economy based off of agriculture is one large part of what connects the Global North and South. Due to the changing climate, farmers are affected and so are growing seasons, which affect relations between
Cloning also results in a loss of diversity in genes. Loo looking at Dolly’s life, it is very clear that clones tend to have a weak immune system and are vulnerable to infection, tumour growth and age very quickly. Gene cloning, like many other modern biotechnology techniques are very expensive, thus highly
Beside the problems stemming from the fact these crops are genetically modified, there are other problems because of mono-cropping. Mono-cropping reduces the genetic diversity of crops in the region which leads to an increase in the change of famine. Mono-cropping is also more taxing on
The operations have raised troubling questions about water quality and threat to public health. “Manure from factory farms often contains majority of heavy metals, lake-choking nutrients and deadly pathogens such as E. coli. In fact, wherever factory farms have concentrated industrial piles of manure in small space, big trouble follows” (Dr. Paul Hasselback). Local citizens are concerned about the amount of untreated waste it creates. According to a U.S. survey, people living downwind from hog farms, where such factories originate experience more headaches, runny noses, sore throats, excessive coughing, diarrhea and burning eyes than residents of communities without hog factories.
This is demonstrated in the video with the use of pesticides. Many countries in India continue to use pesticides that have been banned in Western Europe. Much of the cotton used in Europe is produced in the western part of India. These pesticides are extremely dangerous and have been linked to the rapid increase of cancer for the workers. The great demand for cotton forces workers to continue using these dangerous pesticides.
Fruit flies are responsible for taking a heavy toll of various types of fruits and vegetables. The oriental fruit fly is a very important group of pests for many countries due to their potential to cause damage in fruits, vegetables and to their potential to restrict access to international markets for plant products that can host fruit flies. Flies in the genus Bactrocera are of particular concern in most part of Asia and Australia, where they constitute a significant threat to agricultural resources (Kinnear et al., 1998, Kim et al., 1999). The genus Bactrocera of the family Tephritidae having more or less 440 species is distributed principally in tropical Asia, the South Pacific and Australia (White and Elson-Harris, 1994). Eighty seven
Invasive species affect biodiversity as well as habitat eco structure in the environment. The highest threat invasive species pose to biodiversity is the threat on endangered species. Nearly 50 percent of the 1,900 endangered species are endangered because of invasive species and the ways in which it can alter an ecosystem. Invasive species are currently the second leading threat to biodiversity. Invasive species alone, have a stronger negative affect on biodiversity than forest clearing, disease and pollution combined.
With any change comes consequences, good and bad. The negative side of our society eating plant based is that more and more heavy pesticides will have to be applied in order to yield enough crop to sustain human populations. With heavy chemicals being used this damages our environment as well. A negative side of creating legal requirements for farms is that there are ways around these rules or loop holes so to speak. I do believe however, that the good outways the bad in this situation.