With the reforms mentioned above, there are other, more extreme changes that would correct almost all of every problem animal agriculture has created. Among these methods of change lies veganism. Veganism is a diet in which no forms of animal products are consumed. If society experienced a shift to a culture of mostly vegan diets, then there would be no need to continue farming animals, and their population would return back to the normal levels the environment can support. In Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn’s book, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, they write, “A vegan diet produces half as much carbon dioxide as an American omnivore, uses 1/11 the amount of fossil fuels, 1/13 the amount of water, and 1/18 the amount of land… The only way to sustainably and ethically live on this planet with seven billion other people is to live and entirely plant-based vegan diet.” (260, 265) Here, the writers explain that switching to a vegan diet would cut down agriculture’s environmental impact to a fraction of what it would be with animals.
2 Nov. 2014. The Environmental Magazine published an article about factory farming, and its impact on the environment and climate changes. While many people go uninformed animals from factory farms are major polluters emitting a large percentage of greenhouse gasses in recent years. The side effects of raising animals in factory farms for food have large impacts on the environment, and public health. With the need for more animal pastures, and grazing land deforestation is occurring globally.
However, biodiversity is vital for sustainable development because every livestock and crops are completing the food chain. The vanishing species, caused by subsidy on corn, provoke the imbalance of ecosystem and environmental crisis, like global warming. Eventually, it affects the whole city, or even the
Pollan argues this by introducing us to all the food chains we value today, some much more than others. First of all, Pollan states just because it says it's organic doesn't mean it really is. If you buy an “organic” salad at your local grocery store, farmers will still use pesticides to keep bugs away and other animals. The chemicals they use are all natural, but it's not truly organic if you use pesticides or other chemicals. In The Omnivore’s Dilemma Pollan says, “Instead of toxic pesticides, crops are sprayed with natural substances, like BT, a pesticide made from a common soil bacteria” (140.)
Martian soil actually contains the right nutrients for crops to grow, but the amount of nutrients in the soil varies. For the potatoes to grow, Mark Watney must use soil with a large percentage of nutrients, so he had to be lucky to stay in an area with lots of nutrients in the soil. Besides this, the Martian soil contains a lot of metal. The effects of this on human health are not known, so there is a possibility that this is toxic. Dave Lavery, Program Executive for Solar System Exploration at NASA headquarters, said: “In terms of basic mineral content and chemical content, yes it would be possible to grow plants in Martian soil.
Norman Borlaug changed the way the world ate, and saved many lives by doing so. Saving lives comes at a cost unfortunately and his work had undeniable damage to the environment and farmers. Although he caused damage, his good-doings over shined the damage and he received a well deserved Nobel Peace Award. He made huge advances in the science world by creating a way to feed the world. Advances like these also changed the world because it helps inspire other scientists and food scientists to make more scientific advancements.
John is the founder of the Global ID group. The Global ID group is a company founded by John Fagen. GIDG is a company that with Johns help now pioneers in the development of innovative tools to verify food purity,quality, and sustainability. He has a very strong opinion on people saying that GMOs are “the future” of agriculture. He says “The biggest myth of the all is that GMOs have swept the world and dominate agriculture as it is practiced today.
One of the main health problems that concern many scientists is that the genetically modified organism may pass on mutant genes to bacteria in your GI tract. Yet, we do not know what would happen if the bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract were mutated. Another bad thing about GMOs is that they cross-pollinate with other seeds nearby. Thus, GMOs can contaminate organic and non-GMO farmers crops’. So why are GMOs approved by the FDA if they are so dangerous?
Science has enabled us to thrive in a world where change is a must if an organism wishes to live. It has allowed for us to bend and twist the world at our feet, even having enough strength to repel the touch of death. Genetic engineering is the next scientific advancement that will stand close in the near future. It has the capability of modifying the food production process, elimination of diseases and disorders, and the guarantation of the best traits in an organism. Food production has been a matter that has been disputed for years now because of the things that have been added to crops.
With the current growth of the world’s population and the increase in demand for water in the agricultural industry, the issue of water scarcity is very likely to get worse and worse (Gupta, 2016). This essay will therefore critically discuss water scarcity and how one can prevent a war fought over water, as well as how one can save water and implement change to better our future nationally and globally. 2. The Importance of Water With two thirds of the earth 's surface covered by water and the human body consisting of 75 percent of it, it is clear that water is one of the core elements responsible for life on earth (Anderson, 1986). Water is very important to us because human bodies, as well as animals, cannot function without water in their systems.