Article #57 Agricultural Monocultures: Killing Us, Feeding the Corporate World

Agricultural Monocultures have been utilized across the world for decades. Monocultures are not often present in nature so many of these crops are not sustainable because they destroy soil and water quality.

..without monocultures could we feed our world?

This problem is becoming so severe, that one day if we do not have arable soil human beings will no longer be able to survive.

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Growing monoculture crops destroy soil, water and other important resources much faster than sustainable methods of farming. Projections state that by 2050 the amount of arable soil per person on Earth will be reduced by half. (Video Credit: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)

A biotechnology engineer examines a premature corn cob to check it’s health, uniformity and size. Over 80% of all corn grown in the United States is genetically modified, while about 76% of American corn is used to feed livestock or produce ethanol instead of putting food on the table for those who need it most. (Photo Credit: Aqua Mechanical via Flickr)
A large tractor harvests yet another monoculture crop; nonetheless, if this continues at present rates, one day it will be impossible to grow enough food to feed the number of people living on our planet. (Photo Credit: Pexels)