Proposal: Agriculture modernization vs Environment since 1930’s

Throughout the course this semester I have learned lots of new materials out my comfort zone. It has been a new learning experience from blogging to watching movies. It is obvious that two months course is not enough to understand the study of anthropocene but at least it gave me an idea of where to start. I am looking at the weather changes such as floods and high temperatures in more meaningful way. Throughout the years especially from around 1930’s there have been massive technology developments that have changed ways we do things. Technology development has significantly impacted the agriculture industry in positive and negative ways as we know. The world population is exponentially growing while the natural resources to sustain the growing population are still the same. Modernizing means of agriculture has helped to solve the issue of natural resources by increasing efficiency and produces. On the other hand agriculture modernization has had a significant impact on the environment as well. Due to agriculture modernization more land for cultivation is need and that has caused environmental destruction and soil erosion. Also to increase efficiency farmers use pesticides and fertilizers that are harmful to the environment (soil and water sources). Agriculture modernization has increased water demands and this has forced farmers to use water sources that would otherwise be preserved. Water pollution may not necessary be here in the U.S but in developing countries such as Africa, Asia and South America. My thesis tries to show the impact that agriculture modernization has had in the world and U.S especially since the 1930’s.

Thesis: I would like to defend the fact that even though agriculture modernization has greatly changed globe for good its side effects (environmental destruction, soil erosion, deforestation etc) are greater in a negative way and gradually catching up with us.

References

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Wadley , G., & Martin, A. (n.d.). The origins of agriculture: a biological perspective and a new

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