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Which agricultural system is best for society? (C2D Albatross Lesson8)

August 24, 2019

Which agricultural system is best for society? This is milk from industrial agriculture. It costs $3.50 per gallon. A great deal you
might say. But wait… This milk has been pumped full of chemicals
and genetically engineered. So maybe you should buy milk from organic
agriculture. Milk that’s 100 percent natural! But hold on. . .
It costs $8.50 per gallon! So what milk should you buy? Like milk other foods are produced through
three types of agricultural systems. Industrial agriculture. Organic agriculture. Agricultural coexistence. The question we will address is: “Which agricultural system is best for society?” Let’s take a look at the arguments for Industrial
Agriculture. Large scale factory systems and genetically
engineered crops increase yields by as much as 35%. And higher yields mean lower prices. The earth population is expected to reach 10 billion by 2050. Industrial agriculture can meet the subsequent 70% increase in food demand. Industrial agriculture can also enhance the nutritional
content of foods and increase vitamin levels. Thus reducing malnutrition in impoverished
areas. So industrial agriculture lowers prices. Can feed the growing population. And it can help end malnutrition. So, is industrial agricultural the best system
for society? Next, let’s take a look at the arguments
for Organic Agriculture. Culturally, organic farming has though out
history enabled connections between people and the land, as well as between eating food and understanding
where it came from. This culture helps promote responsible treatment
of the land and animals, which results in more nutritious and healthier
foods. In some countries, it is becoming illegal
for farmers to save their organic seeds. They must repurchase genetically engineered and patented seeds from big multinational corporations. Organic agriculture must be protected to allow
people the right to grow their own foods. In summary, organic agriculture tries to save the culture of farming and the right to control food. Is organic agriculture the best system for society? Now, let’s take a look at the arguments
for agricultural coexistence. Relying on organic agriculture alone is too
risky. By genetically engineering crops that are
resistant to new diseases, we can ensure sufficient food production levels. The USDA’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology
supports agricultural coexistence. The committee has concluded that industrial
agriculture is safe. And genetically engineered seeds will not
contaminate organic seeds. So, agricultural coexistence can reduce the
risks of food shortages. And it’s approved by the USDA as being safe
for the environment. So, which agricultural system do you think
is best for society?

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