Online Safety Community

Food Production Is A Modern Agricultural Miracle So Why Is It Under Attack

Agriculture is under attack. Environmentalists label modern farming as unsustainable, blaming farming for polluting the planet and destroying the climate. But today’s food is abundant and nutritious—a modern agricultural miracle.

From 1961 to 2013, world population more than doubled from 3.1 to 7.2 billion. But agricultural output more than tripled over the same period, according to data from the United Nations. We are slowly winning the battle against world hunger. The percentage of chronically undernourished people has fallen from 30 percent of world population in 1950 to about 11 percent today.

agricultural-sciencehttps://compliance4all14.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/agricultural-science.jpg?w=150&h=100 150w, https://compliance4all14.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/agricultural-s... 300w, https://compliance4all14.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/agricultural-s... 600w" sizes="(max-width: 411px) 100vw, 411px" width="411" height="274" />

Not only the quantity, but the quality and variety of food are much better than in past ages. A 2015 study at Stockholm University compared modern food to recipes from the chef of King Richard II of England in the 1300s. The study concluded that people of today’s developed nations eat better than the kings of old.

In the 1300s, King Richard did not have pepper, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, which came to Europe from the Far East in the 1400s. He did not have coffee, which was first brewed in Arabia in the 1400s. He did not have oranges, corn, or pineapple, which arrived in Europe from Asia and North America during the 1400s and 1500s. Today we enjoy dozens of varieties of fruits, vegetables, and meats that were not available in past ages.

fe59f315f6f0d61cda44f5b2ddb5529c

Today’s foods are a product of thousands of years of efforts to cultivate more abundant and more nutritious crops. Cross-pollination of plants, cross-breeding of animals, and now genetic engineering of plants and animals continues to deliver rising farm output with better food quality and variety. Grains, fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy products, and even seafood continue to improve due to advanced farming techniques.

But environmental groups attack modern farming methods as unsustainable, scorning the farmer’s use of water, land, pesticides and energy. A 2010 UN Environmental Programme document states:

Agricultural production accounts for a staggering 70% of global freshwater consumption, 38% of the total land use, and 14% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions…The use of agrochemicals is related to ecotoxicity, eutrophication and depletion of phosphorus stocks. Intensive agriculture is related to substantial energy use. The loss of soil and biomass carbon can contribute to climate change.

The attacks on agriculture are too numerous to address in a single article, but one aspect of modern agriculture is not well known. Farmers are now giving land back to nature.

According to UN data, land used for farming is now declining. Total world agricultural area, the sum of crop land and pasture land, peaked in 2000 at 4.95 billion hectares and declined about one-half percent through 2013. Over the same period, world agricultural production increased 37 percent. The recent decline in total farm land use occurred despite 41.3 million hectares added for biofuel production, an area larger than Germany.

Full enhanced post here http://snip.ly/6dndz

Views: 55

Comment

You need to be a member of Online Safety Community to add comments!

Join Online Safety Community

Take our poll!

Take our poll!

Latest Activity

Adam Fleming posted a blog post

INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY Is Crucial to Your Business. Learn Why!

Near-Infrared Spectroscopy, NIR or NIRS, is considered a superior method assay to traditional ones, which are destructive and also reduce the number of doses for sale. It overcomes these drawbacks by being both rapid and nondestructive, which helps it respond to the pressures in the pharma industry for generating more and more data, which leads to more assays that bring these inevitable downsides.In being responsive to the physical and chemical environment of…See More
10 hours ago
Joseph Wilcox posted blog posts
11 hours ago
Training Doyens posted events
13 hours ago
Mark Nilson posted events
13 hours ago

Forum

Workplace safety for workers other than your own 1 Reply

Do your workplace/traffic safety plans include safety measures for workers who are not your own employees? Do they take into account the safety of those who will be - or could be - at your workplace,…Continue

Tags: emt, paramedics, emergency, occupational, health

Started by John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. Last reply by Jen McDade 15 hours ago.

What % of Dollars should be bugeted for All Safety Training for a "Heavy Equipment Road Construction" company with 100 employees? 1 Reply

I have been at a Highway and Road Construction company for six months. I am developing a (first) complete training program. I am the 1st full time safety hire for this company. I need to develop a…Continue

Started by JTurpening. Last reply by Jen McDade on Tuesday.

Technology and Safety 1 Reply

What are the most useful tools to have at your fingertips? -Toolbox Talks-JSA-JHA-Daily Reports, etc. What is falling through the cracks that could be an easy fix? Safety Managers, Coordinators and…Continue

Tags: safety

Started by Drew stone. Last reply by Jen McDade Feb 15.

Important of Warning sign 1 Reply

Warning sign is a type of traffic sign that guide a hazard ahead on the road. Having proper warning sign on the road provide a healthy environment.Continue

Tags: Signs, Workplace, Safety, Sign, Warning

Started by healthandsafetysigns. Last reply by Jen McDade Jan 14.

Workers paticipation in safety management 2 Replies

Workers paticipation in safety management is the aspect which is required to be implemented in the OHSAS 18001 2007 version. , I invite our experience community members to share their views on the…Continue

Tags: management, safety, in, paticipation, Workers

Started by SafetyRaja. Last reply by Tara safe Dec 27, 2018.

Badge

Loading…

© 2019   Created by Safety Community.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service