Pesticides are Not a Solution Essay

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Life is easy for the modern persons. The threat of starvation is not imminent. The days of hunting and gathering are over for the vast majority of citizens thriving in developed nations. If one is hungry they need only go to one of the many supermarkets to purchase food. The day to day has been simplified in so many ways that it is not hard to understand why the base step to that simplicity would be overlooked. Why question a good thing? Why should the public know what their food consists of? With the microwave dinners, pre-cooked deli meals, and the myriad of other processed foods many simply do not take the time to start from the bottom up with their edibles. Even when they do, statistics show that some are not aware of where…show more content…
In individuals, psychologists call such behavior addiction.”(198). The green revolution he refers to is the increase in crop yielding due to the development of pesticides after WWII. Although, pesticides have been used worldwide since the 1930’s their success was not fully achieved until this period. Prior to the green revolution crops were produced. The proof is in the history books. Developments in agriculture have been progressive; from the first settlements to develop farmland to the aqueducts of Rome. Had the Mayans been content to wait for the rain the feat of aqueducts may never have been achieved. The same can now be said for pesticides. At one time, pesticides had a place, same as waiting for the rain. If pesticides were not known as the easy fix for crop displacement, imagine the inventions that could solve China’s problem. A report shows that thanks to the reliance on pesticides, China is missing out on crop output. Due to erosion China lost almost 50% of their farmable land, even with the help of pesticides their crop yield drops by almost 10% every five years (Montgomery, 182) Some may argue that with the population that china has to feed pesticides are a necessary evil. However, that would be unfounded. Recent census shows that, “Farmers already grow enough to provide 3.500 calories a day to
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