Essay on Agriculture In More and Less Developed Countries

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Dark, thick smoke rises from the engine of a huge tractor that is plowing the plains of Dumas, Texas with enough power and technology to plow fifteen rows at one time. While just overseas in Pakistan a farmer works to plow one row in his field with the help of his oxen. Both farmers come home late at night, one just the same as the other, but the work they have accomplished for the day will be drastically different. The farmer in Pakistan farms 2.5 acres of land hoping to use what he harvests for feeding his family and his village. The farmer in Dumas farms 500 acres of land, which is 200 times the size of the farmer's land in Pakistan, and he uses what he harvests to make a living and to sell to grocery stores in the United States. …show more content…
People from northern Asia are thought to have migrated to this continent about 20,000 years ago. By hunting and following heards of animals, they crossed the Bering land bridge that once connected Asia to Alaska. Bison were critical to the life of the early inhabitants of the Great Plains. Bison provided people with food, skins for clothing and shelter, containers, tools weapons, and fuel (2). Early hunters had many ways of hunting bison. Some would ambush them at water holes or hunters would surround them. Others found that they could stampede them off cliffs. Soon came horses and rifles which brought a different and much easier way of hunting the bison. "For more than 11,000 years, Indians lived and thrived in Saskatchewan, hunting buffalo and other animals, and gathering wild plants for food (2)." Many tribes of Indians were agricultural tribes that lived on the Great Plains. They seemed to shy away from agriculture when they found out about the advantages of bison hunting with horses. Some even abandoned their agricultural lives for hunting nomadism. Many were lured onto the Great Plains for the ease and excitement of bison hunting. The excitement over the bison brought fur traders, and with fur traders came hide hunters. "In just twelve years, their (hide hunters) greed had ruthlessly wiped out the bison herds (2)." This forced the Plains Indians to give up their nomadic life. This opened up the door for the stockmen and

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