Sustainable Intensification

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There are many problems in the world but we must first focus on the question we are wondering about before making a final solution and hopefully solving or decreasing the problem to an appropriate level. The question is “Can we feed everyone equally”? “Everyone” is referring to the worldwide population and “equally” is focusing on sufficient nutrients and calories. Yes, I believe we can feed everyone equally but in order to do this we must focus and solve our poverty problem by improving the lives of women and children. Increased poverty means more malnutrition. “There are 1.02 billion malnourished people in the world today which means that one in every six people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life” (Turner, …show more content…
One way to decrease poverty is to increase farm yields. One way to increase farm yields in a way that benefits the poor and is environmentally friendly is focusing on sustainable intensification. The below paragraph explains what sustainable intensification is.
“Sustainable intensification includes a panoply of agro ecological techniques. Farmers are planting nitrogen-fixing trees, which shelter crops, prevent erosion, and provide fertilizer. There’s the push-pull strategy, where farmer push bugs away from grain by growing insect-repellent plants along the rows, while also pulling pests away from the crops by planting attractive plants outside the fields. Aquaculture is on the rise, creating an opportunity for more fish polyculture. There is significant evidence that these techniques are already providing a part of the solution”.
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Crop production began to increase in many areas of the world especially Asia. Selective plant breeding produced high yielding varieties of rice, maize, sorghum, and wheat. These high yield varieties performed best under high applications of fertilizer and also required expenditure for pesticides, irrigation and farm machinery. Rice was a success story as well as soybeans. During the greatest history of population growth food supply per capita grew. The Green Revolution was a big success however it raised some issues such as increasing vulnerability to pests and using heavy use of pesticides, high dependency on technology, questionable sustainability as well as heavy use of fresh water. (Global

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