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“This is my father’s farm, we are part of an agribusiness. An agribusiness is many combined companies that lead to an end product, in this case our crops are sold to people for a profit.”
“Some of the aspects in our farm include the buying of fertilizers and pesticides. These things are usually accessible in more developed countries like the United States because of their advancements in technology. When this began, it was known as the ‘Green Revolution,’ and it boosted how much food we produced on substantial levels.”
“We also use heavy machinery such as these combines, and tractors, thanks to the Second Agricultural Revolution, which began the process of mechanization. Our various pieces of equipment help us cultivate and harvest our, almost, 500 acres of wheat field.”
“Now, our grain isn’t the usual, organic grain you’d buy at the local farmers market. We specialize it to be pest and drought-resistant, creating a genetically modified organism. Most commercial farmers plant the same GMOs we grow on our farm, but there are a few exceptions: farmers that practice organic agriculture. This type of farming does not use GMOs, pesticides, or fertilizers.”
“Our country is lucky because we have access to all of these great machines and pesticides that help us harvest crops. In 2007, a single farm fed 137 people in the USA. On the contrary, China’s farmers only fed 6.5 people each. China’s food problem is partly because of its status of being a less developed country, which means that their people have a lower quality of life. China’s disadvantage as a LDC causes them to have less access to the machines and chemicals we use here.”
“In order to maximize agricultural output, one would have to make use of the arable land that surrounded them. In some areas, that are less fortunate than ours, people build terraces in the side of mountains that would otherwise be unusable by the farmers. Indonesia used this type of agriculture so that they could get a little more arable land to feed their population.”
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