There are many reasons; one of the main reasons is that it’s inexpensive “with the use of factory farms, the prices of foods have drastically dropped.”(“Green Garage,”2015) The main effect for this decrease is that foods are being processed and produced at a faster rate by employing quicker, more efficient processes. Factory farming also has livestock products such as feed or livestock care to be kept down to a
However, we must learn to combine the benefits of both and fix the fix the hole we dug ourselves. Despite casing groundwater depletion, monocropping, and costing too much money, GMO farming is an efficient way to produce crops on a massive scale. Organic farming may be more susceptible to diseases and pest damage, but it is cheap and healthy which allows poor farmers to grow subsistence crops. It is hard to determine which type of farming is a better way of agriculture. Nonetheless, it is not hard to see the negative effects on the world that both types of agriculture leave.
Organic exports are sold at impressive premiums, often at prices 20% higher than the same products produced on non-organic farms. Under the right circumstances the market returns from organic agriculture can potentially contribute to local food security by increasing family incomes. Entering this lucrative market is not easy. Farmers require hiring an organic certification organization to annually inspect and confirm that their farms and businesses adhere to the organic standards established by various trading partners. During the conversion period to organic management, which lasts 2 to 3 years, farmers cannot sell their produce as “organic” and thus, tap price premiums.
For most of us, the reason is simple: We want natural food that 's better for us and for the environment.’ The rise in sales of organic foods in the last two decades has been $3.6 billion in 1997 to $21.1 billion in 2007, in 2012 $28.4 billion and approaching $35 billion in 2014. The perception of organic products being comparatively costly may be true but are you willing to compromise on your health based on a few bucks? In our country unfortunately most of us are willing to compromise, reasons being a tight budget, lack of awareness or just because we tend to be indifferent when it comes to being healthy. Going organic means going back to the basics it doesn’t make you more fashionable or trendy it just creates a healthier lifestyle that our forefathers used to have back in the day. The transition of going organic here in our country may be harder as unlike in foreign countries not all stores and supermarkets here have organic foods here however the big cities have more accessibility and more purchasing power.
30 Nov. 2015. A third of the food produced today becomes thrown away. But, by 2050 the world will need to increase its food production by 60 percent to feed all the people. The total cost of food wastage is near 2.6 trillion dollars, including environmental costs and social costs. --- Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations.
Management believes that the anticipated negative impact on potash and phosphate shipments from under pressure grain prices will be reduced by farmers’ need to replenish soil nutrients after a large harvest, the advantages to growers of maintaining a consistent application level through ups and downs in the agricultural cycle, and fertilizer prices that remain affordable relative to historical costs. Despite of Mosaic’s management trying to make a reasonable case there is little in the current agricultural outlook to generate bullish sentiment on most of fertilizer names including
1. Introduction Phosphorus (P) is vital for the growth of plants and is the second major macro-element after nitrogen, which limits plant growth (Gyaneshwar et al., 2002). Most of the soluble inorganic phosphate is applied annually to the soil as a chemical fertilizer, which is immobilized quickly and again becomes inaccessible to plants. Hence, the lower amount of soluble P in soil is one of the limiting factors for agronomic crop production. Fertilizers (microbial inoculant) offer a solution, as they not only revitalize the soil, improving soil fertility, but also a powerful tool for increasing efficiency (Minaxi et al., 2012) and reducing soil diseases.
Contrary to what many proponents of GMO labeling believe, GMOs actually bring with them many benefits, some of which are already being seen. With the increase of genetically modified corn and soybeans in the united states, the amount of chemical usage has been greatly reduced, and farmers have made more money because they don’t have to buy pesticides (Lusk and Miller 2). GMOs also have promising benefits for solving the problems of the future. Out of the 7.5 billion people in the world today, nearly 1 billion are starving. The number of starving people is estimated to increase to an amount of 10 billion by 2050 (Mosely 578).
Introduction Aim: To compare the effectiveness of compost and earthworms on the germination and yield of a spinach crop. Motivation: Fertilisers are mixture of chemicals that add nutrients to the soil to establish better yielding crops (Berger, 2013). Though these products have proved to provide many beneficial aspects to the agricultural sector, they have many negative environmental consequences. Fertilisers contain many substances, including mostly potassium, phosphorus, sulphur, calcium, magnesium and nitrogen. These substances, when they accumulate in the soil, can have harmful side effects on the environment and subsequently on the productivity of crops (Vimpany and Lines-Kelly, 2004).
5. Farmers can now produce bigger yields which will also decrease the price of foods as supply increases. Disadvantages: 1. Claims have been made by critics that GMO’s cause certain diseases or illnesses 2. Studies have shown that certain GMO’s cause a few insects to be negatively affected by the crop which has the potential to affect the food chain.