Shayna Russell GEO130 june 16

Shayna Russell GEO130 june 16 - must be detrimental to the...

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Shayna Russell 18710646 Geo130 McClintock June 16, 2010 Agricultural intensification and Ecosystem Properties The rate of food production has exceeded the rate of growth of human population. Due to intensification of land management, sustainability is far fetched. High specialization leads to monocultures; decreased biodiversity, not only of food but also of soil and pests associated with the cash crops, have effects on plant productivity. The ability of water to wash nutrients out of the agroecosystems and deposit it elsewhere is profound. The biological and environmental consequences of agricultural intensification are increasingly apparent and increasingly dangerous, with the advent of new technologies. Losing the Links Between Livestock and Land It mentions, “animals raised in confinement.” The health, or lack there of
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Unformatted text preview: must be detrimental to the health of the consumer. It also talks about genetic improvements. Chickens and hogs have shorter lifespans and there by can “accelerate genetic improvements.” I know there are genetic improvements in vegetables but for some reason genetic improvements in animals freaks me out. Removing animals from natural landscape to industrial “farm” further increases the metabolic rift. The Meat of the Problem It is hard to regulate food intake on the individual level than it is on production. However, it is easier to pull at the moral shoestrings of an individual over a corporation. Yet, people are steering, no pun intended, away from the topic....
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