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Pesticides Are the Lynchpin of An Unsustainable Industrial Agriculture System.

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- 99 days ago -
Industrial agriculture treats the farm as a factory, with "inputs" (pesticides, fertilizers) and "outputs" (crops). The end-objective is increasing yields while controlling costs usually by exploiting economies of scale (i.e. "monocropping"){take action.}


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Beryl L (78)
Monday April 8, 2019, 4:07 pm
Take soil fumigation, for example. High volumes of volatile pesticides are injected into the soil before planting, disrupting the complex biological ecosystem of the soil that supports plant growth. More chemical inputs are then required to replace these biological supports — deepening dependence on chemical inputs.

This model of farming is inefficient and does not represent the cutting edge of modern farming. In 1940, we produced 2.3 food calories for every fossil fuel calorie used. By industrializing our food and farming systems, we now get a single food calorie for every 10 fossil fuel calories used — a 23-fold reduction in efficiency.


Ben O (129)
Tuesday April 9, 2019, 7:27 am
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