Technology has contributed to many environmental achievements. A computer was design to recognize the problems of a environmental issue and has helped us detect the problem by looking at it closely and telling us how to solve the problem by using new technology solutions. Technology like a microscope has helped us look into pesticides more closely to determine it’s effect on people’s health. We also use technology to look into fertilizers and determine it’s effect on the food, soil and water (many types of fertilizers have cuased dead zones in oceans & that’s part of a huge contribution to technology). Without techology, we would sitll be eating food with pesticides that can be harmful to our bodies in the long run.
While jchang14 is correct in the ways technology has helped achieve environmental aims, at the same time technology is responsible for creating massive scale industrial agriculture and factory farming, which are not eco-friendly practices. Such a perspective can be justified by the fact that fossil fuels are consumed by the factory farm industry. Not only that, but animal flatulence alone accounts for 22% of the total human contribution to the greenhouse effect and in turn, global warming. On top of that factory farming contributes to global warming more indirectly because forests are cut down to make room for livestock. Also, the pesticides and chemical fertilizers used in industrial agriculture can be considered technology and have also lead to the degradation of soil, health problems for people, and loss of plant biodiversity. So, technology may have a lot of positive potential to do good for the environment, but at the same time, it is also partially responsible for contributing to some of our biggest environmental problems today.
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