Pig manure is collected in vats under the pens they are detained in and put back into fields in the fall The trend in the industry is to disperse animals and manure Chickens will be lunch to predators and or die as flock establish pecking order Pork production has increased in efficiency by 20%, free range chickens and pigs increase food prices The nitrogen problem is that if we do not have nitrogen we do not have life
40 % of the people alive today would not be, and are because of synthesized nitrogen Hunger was right around the corner without enough nitrogen to sustain crops Estimates are that only 4 billion people would be sustained with the amount of natural nitrogen available Nitrogen producing cover crops are planted after the cash crop is harvested We are producing twice the food they were in the 1960’s Mandatory household composting cannot sustain an acre of corn, it needs about 150 lbs. of it per acre Farmers use chemicals and diesel fuel to do the work that their predecessors used to Hurst, B. (2009, July 30). The Omnivore's Delusion: Against the Agri-Intellectuals. The American . Retrieved from - 13674786_2/courses/17S_CAG_AG401.11/6%20-%20The%20Omnivore%E2%80%99s %20Delusion_%20Against%20the%20Agri-intellectuals%20-%20Blake%20Hurst %281%29.html Landau, R. S. (2012). The Fundamentals of Ethics. New York: Oxford University Presss, Inc. Reading # 6 “The Omnivore’s Delusion: Against the Agri-intellectuals” Blake Hurst
Q & A 1. Make a case for ‘big’ agriculture/Production Agriculture. In other words, support ‘big’ agriculture even if you personally have a problem with it. The point of this exercise is to make you see the opposing view. a) In one paragraph, support ‘big’ agriculture with all the logical reasons you can come up with. These reasons may or may not have anything to do with ethics. b) In another paragraph, use the ethical theories we have covered so far (or you may go through the text book and look up other theories) that would also favor ‘big’ agriculture. Use at least four theories. a) Production agriculture is necessary to feed the worlds growing population. We are reproducing at such a rate that farmers need to have tools that help them grow their crop the fastest way possible. Genetically modified corn can grow faster than regular corn, using less resources to produce it. So, the use of less resources to produce more food is our moral obligation. If farmers did not use pesticides and herbicides their crops would be eaten by bugs and rodents instead of being used to feed people or livestock. Americans love their burgers, cows would not have become extinct if it were not for humans eating them.
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