The Consequences of Agriculture Since the invention of agriculture it has renowned for its resourcefullness and ingenuity. To this day, agriculture has sustained billions upon billions of people. However it’s important to note the destructive role it plays in the ecosystem.
Left unchecked agriculture inevitably will lead to conflict, a population growing faster than ever before–one so large that the Earth can no longer sustain it, unjust social orders, and epidemics. The standard of living we know now is decreasing rapidly and soon our mortality will go with it. Examples of this are all throughout history. It’s time we pay attention. Modern agriculture provides resources for billions of people around the world by streamlining the process of production and distribution.
Since goods are produced on the larger scale, they are easier to get and cheaper to buy. With the increased accessibility of these resources, humans no longer have to search and forage for their needs and subsequently the human population has boomed. Unfortunately more food will be needed to sustain this number, while the space available to do so is shrinking. The decrease in resources will lead to wars, taking us back to the “survival of the fittest” where countries must fight over these lands.. As populations grew, the need for agronomists grew and naturally people migrated towards the center, where resources were most abundant. Even the most formidable achievements of agriculture: trade and cultural diffusion, increase the spread of these horrifying diseases.
The Black Death, which was spread through trade routes, the tuberculosis epidemics during the 19th and 20th centuries, and more recently the spread of malaria are all prime examples of the negative effects of agricultural advancements. These epidemics would not have occurred and prospered without agriculture and the resulting population centers.But to feed all of these people a new kind of mass production must met.
The solution–intensive farming which involves the use of various kinds of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and insecticides. Besides the chemicals, it is also associated with farms that keep livestock above their holding capacity, which in turn leads to pollution, various diseases, and infections brought about by overcrowding and poor hygiene. Pesticides sprayed on crops not only destroy pests and contaminate the crops, but also kill beneficial insects. Heavy use of these pesticides and chemical fertilizers also affects the workers involved and the people residing nearby.
Eventually, these chemicals are passed on to humans, who consume the agricultural produce. When pesticides are used exceeding it affects the health of human beings severely, leading to skin allergy, physical deformity, and congenital disease. Statistics show a direct relation between the consumption of food produced from intensive farming sites and an increase in the number of cancer patients and children born with defects.In conclusion, the negative consequences of agriculture are greater than its benefits. Agriculture leads to wars, extreme social disparity, and rapid spread of disease. The negative consequences of agriculture have impacted our past, present and future.
All of our modern technology and advancements will not save us. Modern day increases in population, rapid and more efficient trade networks, and decreasing natural resources will only result in these problems getting worse. Making the rich, richer and the poor even more impoverished allowing only the “survival of the richest.”