In The Worst Hard Time, the author explains how new technology led to overproduction of many crops. A tractor was able to do the work of ten horses and a combine was able to thresh grain in one swoop. A farmer’s harvest could even go up by the thousands. As the farmers made more money they bought nearby land and ripped the grass out to make more space for more crops (Doc. C).
It has a very short development time and can be grown twice a year. Therefore this experiment will attempt to discover whether earthworms or compost in the most effective methods of improving germination and yield of spinach. Hypothesis: a) The percentage of spinach seeds that germinate in the soil containing compost will be higher than that with earthworms. b) The spinach yield, in terms of fresh mass of leaves will be higher in the soil containing compost than that with earthworms. As seen by the mass of all the plant leaves measured in grams.
The first cause is the drought. So much land was being harvested on for crops. How this affects the Dust Bowl is since there was little rainfall for four years(Doc E), if soil isn’t watered it turns into dust after a while. A lot of land was being harvested on, and a lot of land with soil that isn’t watered can turn into dust.
In the course text, there is a note which states the thought of Adam Smith, who is the father of economics. Adam Smith states that an acre of potatoes has the three times the quantity of food produced from an acre planted with wheat. The plantation of potatoes were quite inexpensive when compared with plantation of wheat and he further adds that the potatoes are generally considered poor man’s crop as it was affordable by the laborers, who worked in the plantation. Adam Smith was very much interested in potatoes as it made a significant impact in the economy by increasing the population and the rents more than before. Maize is another crop which made a significant impact in France.
The mass of the before the experiment was ranged from 8.520 g to 18.46g. The weight between each of the potato was different because our goal was to find the percent change in mass, which made the mass of the potato don’t have to be the same. The mass after the experiment was ranged from 7.280g to 15.05g. We could tell the solution concentration in 0.0M, and 0.2M make the potato’s mass increased which making the potato hypotonic. The mass decreased in the solutions of 0.4M, 0.6M, 0.8M, and 1M making them hypertonic.
The portion of agriculture in China’s GDP dropped from 28.1% in 1978 to 11.8% in 2005. In China, the food producing enterprises like agriculture and its allied activities livestock farming the small and marginal farmers have dominated horticulture, floriculture; aquaculture etc. small farmers cultivating small plots of land characterize agriculture in Asia (NCESU, 2008). China has the world third largest area of 960 million square kilometers, the arable area is only 107 million hectare, only 7% of the global arable land. Therefore, agriculture is the fundamental industry not only to guarantee the supply to food and other agricultural products for the huge population
Native American cultivation was mostly dominated by tomatoes, corn and potatoes while Europe mostly had grains and onions. The Native Americans also lacked in domesticated animals to put to use, this was because most of the animals that lived in The Americas lacked certain features that make them domesticateable. The only animal in The Americas that could be domesticated were Lamas. Lamas were mostly used for their wool but could also be used to carry light items across distances, or were slaughtered for their meat. Europe on the other hand had a lot of animals that they could domesticate.
The Irish population had doubled in less than a century before 1845 and in document F it says that the population doubled in over half a cent. I do not think that the population growth had part in casing the famine because they still could’ve provided little bits of food to the people. It also argues that the "Lumper" potato was the staple crop that suffered the blight and if Irish farmers had used multiple varieties of potato, chances are the blight would have only affected the "Lumper," leaving the other varieties available for eating. Also in Document D they say that relying on crops with low genetic variation can lead to disaster and that a lock of genetic variation in Irish potatoes contributed to the Irish potato famine. This is the reason that I find the argument less effective because this isn’t as valid of an explanation for me because yes, we know that the lumper potato was the one that had the disease but there is no evidence proving what could’ve happened if they planted other potatoes.
Erica Johnson Professor Alexander Mendoza History 1302 Due: January 12, 2018 Journal Entry 1: Bonanza Farms What exactly is a Bonanza Farm and how did it have an impact on farmers? Bonanza farms were extremely large farms that mainly grew wheat in Northern Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Minnesota that profited large sums of money. There were quite a few factors that made it possible for these types of farms to be formed such as railroads being completed to help transport the crops, newly made farming equipment to help maintain the land, as well as the low prices associated with land during that time which all assisted in the bonanza farms being so successful. There were many different sizes of Bonanza farms, yet their size
The wastage is high in fruits and vegetables which is nearly 50 percent. With the decrease in the size of total farmland and in the number of farmers worldwide, and with the advance of industrial and service sectors at unimaginable pace, food production is not increasing at expected level. Moreover, the increased usage of food products for industrial requirements and bio fuels is also a reason for food scarcity. Apart from this, food production is badly hit by the drastic changes taking place in the climate. It’s a matter of grave concern that all these developments are resulting in hunger.
The Irish depended on the potato heavily and the consummation of the potato was daily. By the 1840s an estimated of seven million tons of potatoes were required each year for human consumption page 32. There was a high dependence on potatoes and before 1845 potato failures were not on high importance due to localized and short lived. Before 1845 the potato had proved to be the most reliable crop then any other crop Ireland had come to grow. Potatoes were nutritious and easy to cook, and they could be fed to pigs and cattle and fowl.
Michael Pollan discussed this issue in an interview with Frontline. He stated that corn, given enough time will actually kill the cows that are unable to properly digest it. It also makes cows more susceptible to seemingly unrelated illnesses prior to slaughter and increases the need to administer antibiotics. It is common knowledge that the use of antibiotics in farm animals increases the resistance of pathogens, creating a dangerous scenario for modern society. The draw for feeding cows corn comes from how cheaply they can be fed and that they grow much more rapidly.
The Perennial Ryegrass planted in the Miracle the Miracle Grow® Seed Starting Potting Mix grew to a height of 140mm. It grew slightly slower and shorter than the Miracle Grow® Potting Mix. The lack of sunlight caused this also to wilt when it was removed from the greenhouse. The Perennial Ryegrass planted in the Miracle the Miracle Grow® Organic Potting Mix grew to a height of 152mm. The Miracle Grow® Organic Potting Mix sprouted up fast but did not grow as consistently as the Miracle Grow® Potting Mix.
Plutella xylostella (L.), the diamondback moth (DBM), is a serious pest of crucifers and has been reported from all US states. The most affected vegetable crops in the United States are cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, collard, mustard, radish, and turnip and major damage to the crops is caused by larval feeding. DBM has been known to travel long distances (Chapman et al., 2002). The annual total estimated cost for DBM management is 4 to 5 billion dollars globally and 150 to 200 million dollars in the United States (Zalucki et al., 2012). Despite many advances, DBM has retained its status as the most destructive member of the different insect pest complexes that attack crucifer crops in various parts of the world and has shown the substantial
The Amazonas is the second biggest source of production of soybeans in the world. Its demand has increased during the years since soybean is considered a multifunctional product that can be used as a food source for animals and humans, and as a source of biodiesel fuel. Furthermore, the demand increased to a point where cultivators started burning new hectares full of trees to fulfill that demand. Consequently, emissions of carbon dioxide where released to the atmosphere polluting the environment and making the greenhouse effect worst. Moreover, deforestation makes the soil weak creating erosion and in the long run, it could affect the agriculture.