Why is agriculture so damaging to the environment?



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    Growing crops requires a lot of water, fertilizer and fuel.  In general, growing plants is great for the environment, they take in carbon dioxide and put off oxygen.  However, it does take a lot of water, and often that water is from irrigation rather than rain.  Additionally, crops need to be planted, fertilized, harvested and transported, all of these efforts take fuel for tractors and trucks.  It would benefit the environment if we all planted our own gardens to grow even some of our own food.

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    I have always learned that the worst part of agriculture was pesticide use. This includes the overuse of pesticides and the blatant disregard for animal life. Another problem is the overuse of water. Israel has a great system in place called drip-irrigation that minimizes the use of water on crops. 

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    Our current form of industrial agriculture greatly harms the environment.  For example, cows that are used for their milk or meat are kept in highly unsanitary, crowded environments.  Since they are not fed grass anymore (feeding them corn, which is not what their stomachs are made to process, makes them grow and fatten up faster), they have to be given enormous amounts of antibiotics to cure the infections that arise from an improper diet.  Consequently, the cow’s waste is full of high concentrations of nitrogen and antibiotics that seep into the groundwater.  Since cows are kept in such a crowded environment, their total waste combined is massive and very dangerous to the soil, the surrounding ecosystem, and our drinking water if a well or aquifer is nearby.  

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