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Why Do We Need Agriculture

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Many claim to be independent individuals so that one wonders: Do we actually need agriculture?

In agriculture there are three different kinds of chemicals sprayed on crops for a variety of reasons: pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizer.
Pesticides are used to illuminate unwanted insects and (as the named suggests) parasites that may harm the seeds, as well as the crops. Companies and the Ling farm trying to get rid of fatal insects, whereas they try to their best not to harm the valuable ones such as bees, and flies because those insects and even small mammals indeed support the pollination which is crucial for a successful harvest. Herbicides are commonly used to erase different types/ species of plants that may interfere with the
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Moreover, one great obstacle appeared around 2000, when the deadly and horrific disease BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) spread around. This disease invades and damages the brain tissue in animals and humans. That is why many companies refused to buy farm animals from the Ling farm because the fear to get infected by this disease was too great. In the end, the Lings lost CAN 600 $ per animal. Globally, the value of cow’s meat drastically decreased at that time.

I touch the aspect of the climate change and changing weather conditions slightly only, but I like to explore this issue deeper. The Ling farmers were observing the sky and the weather. They complain that summers nowadays are constantly disrupted by rain showers. Another great change they notice is that about a decade ago, rain clouds used to obscure almost the whole province in unison. Now, it is challenging to take weather forecasts into consideration, as rain showers appear more suddenly and not in unison anymore. Therefore, rain comes more often and threatens the farmers by over-moisturizing the soil so that the seeds may get washed out.

How agriculture has altered over the past decades: Nearly 90 percent of PEI’s population was made of active farmers that cultivated their fields. Those farmers used to be big communities that supported each other. Today, only 10 % are active farmers on
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