Start A Petition

Pesticides Are the Lynchpin of An Unsustainable Industrial Agriculture System.


Environment  (tags: pesticides, climate-change, conservation, ecosystems, nature, health, politics, americans, humans )

Beryl
- 99 days ago - panna.org
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.}



   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

Comments

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
Go organic!
 
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:
Please add your comment: (plain text only please. Allowable HTML: <a>)


Track Comments: Notify me with a personal message when other people comment on this story


Loading Noted By...Please Wait

 


butterfly credits on the news network

  • credits for vetting a newly submitted story
  • credits for vetting any other story
  • credits for leaving a comment
learn more

Most Active Today in Environment





 
Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of Care2.com or its affiliates.

New to Care2? Start Here.