Why Agriculture is Important: An Insider’s Look
Agriculture is all around us, but how many of us really know where our food comes from? How important is it?
This article, written by an expert in the field, explores why agriculture is so important and what we stand to lose if we do not look after it.
This information should serve as a call to action to support and protect agriculture because, as the author states, agriculture isn’t just food; it’s life.
Agriculture has been around since the dawn of human history, and it’s been an integral part of our culture ever since.
Despite this, plenty of people know very little about agriculture and its impact on modern life. In fact, most people probably don’t think about agriculture at all until they go to the grocery store and are confronted with the choice between organic and non-organic produce or animal products.
This post will explain why agriculture is so important and provide tips on how you can make agriculture even more successful in the future.
1. Agriculture employs 1 in every 8 workers.
Farmers account for 1 in every 8 workers in many countries and also represent a significant share of food producers.
In fact, agriculture is one of the most important industries for many countries, producing nearly 10% of their total economic output.
Furthermore, 80% of the world’s population relies on agriculture as their primary source of income, and countries with strong agricultural economies like Canada and Australia have a significantly higher standard of living than less agriculturally advanced nations like Indonesia or India.
As such, it’s not surprising that countries around the world are investing more money into agribusiness research and development each year to maintain a competitive edge in trade.
2. We are healthier when we have access to fresh produce.
When access to healthy food is limited, the results can be far-reaching.
Without a varied diet of fresh produce and other good food, people tend to get more hungry for unhealthy foods.
Unhealthy diets can lead to obesity and diabetes, which in turn can lead to health problems like high blood pressure and heart disease.
It’s easy to see how a poor diet can create an endless cycle of poor health.
In order to break this cycle, we need an agricultural system that provides the necessary infrastructure to make it possible for everyone—especially low-income families—to affordably eat well and live healthier lives.
We need enough farmers who are producing all types of fruits and vegetables so that no one goes without.
We also need markets with different types of foods so people have a choice in what they eat.
3. Nutrition needs to be top of mind for everyone.
It may not seem like it because they grow food to feed animals, and most of the world’s population doesn’t consume a diet mainly composed of plant-based foods, but agriculture (growing crops and raising livestock) is vitally important to society.
Animal agriculture provides the necessary nutrition for human consumption.
Almost all animal protein products are made from beef, lamb, pork, poultry, or fish, which are all agricultural commodities.
Protein needs are met through these meats, and dairy production requires an animal to be slaughtered at some point.
Without livestock, we would be short on essential amino acids that cannot be synthesized by humans, such as lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine.
4. GMOs Help Fight Global Hunger
GMOs help fight global hunger by increasing crop yields, reducing the use of pesticides, and decreasing the need for tilling.
Additionally, by limiting the use of herbicides in their fields, farmers are able to preserve their soil from erosion.
Finally, crops that have been genetically modified to be pest-resistant can save farmers money because they do not have to spend as much on chemicals or insecticides.
Pesticides, while helpful in some cases, harm other organisms such as birds and fish.
5. Without agriculture, we wouldn’t exist.
Without agriculture, we wouldn’t exist .
The food we eat, the clothes we wear, and the buildings in which we live all rely on what farmers do.
Farmers are very important to us because they provide us with our basic needs in life.
While it may not be a glamorous profession, farmers play an integral role in our daily lives and should never be overlooked.
Farming can be difficult work.
But without farmers, there would be no food for anyone anywhere in the world!
6. Plants have feelings too!
Plants have feelings too! They can feel hot, cold, happy, and sad.
They can also feel itchy when a bug lands on them.
The plant will release a chemical called ethylene gas to try to discourage the bug from biting it.
But if the bug does bite the plant and starts sucking out its juices, the plant will start producing defensive chemicals such as caffeine or nicotine to ward off the attacker.
There are many plants used for medicinal purposes, including cannabis, which has been used for centuries as a pain reliever for things like muscle spasms, chronic pain, and nausea due to chemotherapy treatments.
Agriculture helps take care of these plants.
7. Water conservation is vital.
The importance of conserving water when it comes to agriculture cannot be understated.
It all starts with the availability of a steady supply of clean, fresh water to ensure that the crops and livestock will be able to grow and thrive without worry.
No one wants to see food go bad or cows die of lack of fresh water in drought conditions, but this can happen if conservation isn’t prioritized.
There are also many agricultural benefits to preserving our natural resources, including cleaner air and reduced erosion.
With over 70% of the Earth’s surface covered by water, it seems like there would be plenty of places to get our fill.
8. Growing Organic Produce Helps Our Health and the Environment.
As a farmer and someone who has grown up on a farm, I’ve seen the effects of conventional agriculture firsthand.
It has helped us become one of the wealthiest countries in the world, but at what cost?
Organic farming practices help keep both our health and the environment healthy.
By eating organic produce, you are ensuring that you are not consuming any pesticides or herbicides, as well as supporting sustainable farming practices that require fewer fossil fuels for inputs.
It’s time to take back your right to choose what you put into your body by supporting organic farmers and their produce!
When you eat foods with no synthetic chemicals, you have more nutrients in your diet and healthier gut bacteria.
When we buy organic products, we are voting with our dollars for something better than the norm!
Whether it be fruits, vegetables, dairy products, beef, poultry, or fish, you can find them all at organic markets nationwide.
Eating organic will save you money because organically grown food does not spoil as quickly (so there is less waste) and does not need much more maintenance in comparison to its conventional counterpart (i.e., tilling!).
And lastly—did I mention that eating fresh fruits and vegetables just makes us feel good!?
There are many other benefits to agriculture and the people who work in it.
One of the most important reasons is that food makes up a major part of our diet.
Another reason is that farmers help take care of their environment by rotating crops and using natural fertilizers.
They use livestock manure, for example, to fertilize soil, which aids in carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling, water conservation, and erosion control.
Because farmers provide produce to stores, we can all enjoy fruits and vegetables year-round regardless of the season.
One of the more intangible benefits is that farmers serve as an economic buffer when other sectors fail.
Food insecurity affects over one billion people on Earth.
Animal welfare improves through farming practices such as planting cover crops and grazing animals on pastureland.
Farmers also contribute to biodiversity since every farm offers different plants and provides space for wildlife.
Farming is not only a way of life but also an important way of life.
Without farmers, our society would be much less sustainable and would not have enough food to feed everyone.
The agricultural industry needs to be honored for the invaluable contributions it has made to society!