Informative Essay: The Agricultural Industry

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Have you ever wondered how industrial agriculture started? What caused the agriculture industry to really start growing? Or even what lead it be the way it is today? It started when Cyrus McCormick introduced the first mechanical reaper just six weeks after he conceived the plans, built, and tested one. Industrial agriculture could well be said to date from the time of 1831. Although there may be others that say different, this one is the first recorded. In this industry there are other things that have happened in industrial agriculture to help make it what it is today. One other thing that was invented and helped change industrial agriculture were tractors. In 1892 in Northeast Iowa, John Froelich invented the first successful gasoline-powered …show more content…
Some people or places are more affected than others. The agriculture industry can also cause disputes between groups. Agricultural businesses suffer economic harm because of actions of the press. Undercover reports and videos have provided evidence of illegal practices such as chemically burning the feet of Tennessee Walking horses to produce the fashionable high -stepping gait of that breed. Other cases include beaten and mistreated piglets, and decaying hen carcasses in cages where birds are producing eggs for human consumption. Pigs produce large amounts of foul-smelling manure and liquid waste. Although it makes good fertilizer in small amounts, it contains nitrogen and phosphorus. In large amounts it becomes toxic. With the manure being able to be toxic it generates people to counteract and rebel. Cases that are similar to that hurt companies because people are needed to purchase or get something from them and when the company is being badly reviewed their sales go down. Documents that are written stated that companies are mistreating animals, polluting the air, and hurting the land. Peter Singer states "chickens, cows, pigs, and other animals killed in slaughterhouses endure lives of cruelty and misery in order to feed us, humans. Factory farming is a violation of the most basic moral …show more content…
The biggest drawback in the industry is factory farming. Factory farming damages land because their operations require vast amounts of land and water to grow grains that feed the animals. Another consequence of factory farming in developing world is that it can destroy traditional farming methods and threaten local animal breeds. With that it will bring more poverty to poor nations. This type of farming could lead to even more widespread environmental degradation and result in less food to feed the world. With having the factory farms, prices of meats may go down but with it damaging land it will end up costing people more in the end. They also will hurt countries that are already struggling and their only profit is traditional farming but the factory farms take that away from them. William J. Weicla says that "In reality factory farms are not agricultural enterprises but industrial conglomerates that shift the costs of pollution to others for the sake of profit." Modern technology has allowed producers to grow large amounts of cheap food to feed the world. The truth is American farmers are growing non-nutritious feed for livestock and processed foods for people. By growing cheap feed it 's degrading the environment. The feed is degrading because it doesn 't give anything back to the soil so it 's just taking from the

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