What does agriculture mean today?
agriculture of tomorrow.
Growing mega companies
"Monsanto, the worldwide largest producer of genetically modified seed agreed to be
purchased by the Bayer AG. The agreement of Monsanto has formed
the largest seed and pesticide company in the world." (ECOWatch, Sep. 14, 2016 )
The new company produce...
25% of the worldwide seed protected by plant-variety rights,
90% of the worldwide genetically modified seed and
27% of the worldwide pesticides.
This is one example for the rapidly consolidating agricultural industry of the last
years. It's very likely, that this development will be continued and only four big
companies will control the agricultural industry in future.
What does that mean for the agriculture in future?
The consolidation in the agricultural industry will probably reduce the variety
of conventional and genetically modified seed sorts and the corresponding pesticides
at the global market. So more and more farmers depend on a few seed sorts and
pesticides of big companies like Bayer and Monsanto.
As a result of this development three phenomenons will characterize the global agriculture
Genetically modified seed
Genetically modified seed
gm plants need a much bigger plenty of herbicides against weeds than conventional plants
the herbicide "Roundup" from Monsanto is under suspicion to be cancer-causing
next to the weeds it kills many other plants where it is used
gm plants grow wild in the nature and eliminate other plants
the best time for plant-health measures
among other things for this the system takes satellite images, machine data and weather analyzes
Industrial farming will become more and more a worldwide standard. Because
especially in poor countries traditional farming will simply become too expensive,
if some farmers start to cultivate single-crop farming.
In poor regions those farmers will survive, which can offer a low price for their crop
and, at the same time, to be able to earn enough money.
The aim to reach the largest possibile harvest yields, will replace the traditional agriculture.
On the one hand the life standard of some farmers will significantly increase.
On the other hand Industrial farming will stronger pollute the environment than traditional farming.
For the growing worldpopulation, new cultivation methods might be necessary. Industrial farming
is a possibile way to do this. The question is, how we use the available cultivation areas for feeding the population in a effective way and to protect the environment at the same time? I believe this question arises only in Europe. In the most Africa countries and most other poor countries the decision has been made. The people there have no money for environmentally friendly farming like organic farming it is.
They are satisfied, if they have enough to eat. The question how the food was produced isn't
very important. For the most governments in Africa it is easier to feed their populations by buying
cheap cereals from Europe, than to cultivate cereals by oneself.
cereals from Europe flood the African market.
In this regard organic farming is a luxury, which can only afford by the population of industrial
countries, where people are able to pay a much higher sum for food. On the other hand, if
One solution could it be to cultivate less genetically modified seed for the biggest possible yields.
But is that the best way for the environment too? Maybe
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Public - 11/7/16, 2:41 PM