Agriculture Project

Agriculture Project
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  • Around 8000 B.C., the Agricultural Revolution had begun. This was the time when humans went from hunting and gathering to domesticating plants and animals.
  • The agricultural revolution increased world population which led to high productivity of the global economy. The cultivation of crops changed hunter-gatherer societies into farmers who settled down. This was when the first villages formed. The surplus of food and the permanent settlements allowed villages to store food for later use.
  • Farmers in developing countries tend to practice subsistence agriculture. This is production of food for the farmer's family.
  • Commercial agriculture, found in developed countries is the production of food primarily for economic gain.
  • Agriculture: The deliberate modification of Earth's surface through cultivation of plants and rearing of animals to obtain sustenance or economic gain.
  • The first domestication of crops and animals which occurred after the last ice age. A preference formed where people would rather live in permanent settlements, rather than be nomadic, which contributed to the agricultural revolution.
  • Another way to increase productivity is to use higher-yield seeds and the expanded use of fertilizers.
  • Labor force, the use of machinery, and farm size is what helps differentiate the two.
  • Depending on their location on Earth, different societies and people would have access to different crops and animals. Since some things won't grow or live in these areas, the people eat different things.
  • Why do people consume different foods?
  • Intensive subsistence agriculture is efficient to create a a large amount of food while keeping soil nutritious. Plantations are used for cereal grain crops because it allows a constant and sustainable source of food to feed a large population.
  • The ideal way to eat and farm for a sustainable planet is a combination of sustainable and commercial agriculture. We will use intensive subsistence agriculture for wet rice. Plantations will be used for cereal grain crops such as wheat and barley.
  • We think that using GMO's would be beneficial to all people eating and to the farmers producing the food. However, if the GMO's could potentially harm the consumer or the environment we would not apply them to our crops.
  • This is why some people are poorer than others, because the food growing and animals living in their environment don't contain enough needed nutrients to support a large scale civilization.
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