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Environmental Impact of Agriculture - Chapter Summary
We have developed agriculture as a means to feed ourselves and survive as a species, but if we continue our agricultural pursuits, there are environmental impacts that must be considered as well. In these lessons, you will go over the environmental concerns and factors currently impacting the agricultural industry. You can review this environmental studies chapter using your favorite device, such as a smart phone, tablet, or laptop. Since everything we offer is online, you don't have to carry around heavy books or notes, because we keep everything for you in a safe location that is accessible 24/7. Furthermore, since everything we offer is online, you can transform practically any location into your study center, as long as you have Wi-Fi access. Topics available for review in this chapter include:
- Agricultural problems with decreased varieties and a loss of land
- Habitat fragmentation and land degradation
- Benefits, concerns, and issues with the Green Revolution
- Endangered lands and land conservation in the U.S.
- The benefits and definition of sustainable agriculture
- Pros and cons of genetic engineering
- Broad-spectrum and narrow-spectrum pesticides
- Alternative methods for agricultural pest control
1. Problems in Agriculture: Loss of Land and Decreased Varieties
Although we all currently rely on industrial agriculture to produce the majority of the food we eat, this type of agriculture is facing problems that may threaten its future. In this lesson, we will explore these problems and how they influence the future of food production.
2. Land Degradation and Habitat Fragmentation: The Environmental Impacts of Industrialized Agriculture
Although we all need food to survive, the methods we use to produce that food can be problematic. In this lesson, we will explore how industrialized agriculture negatively impacts the environment and, as a result, makes the land less productive in producing crops and livestock.
3. What Is the Green Revolution? - Definition, Benefits, and Issues
Over the years many significant agricultural changes have occurred in order to supply enough food for the growing human population. In this lesson, we will explore the Green Revolution and investigate the benefits and issues associated with this period.
4. Land Conservation: Criteria For Evaluation of Land and Most Endangered Lands in the US
Land is a very valuable thing and is used for many different purposes. We will explore why land should be conserved and the criteria for evaluating land. We will also identify some of the most endangered ecosystems in the United States.
5. What Is Sustainable Agriculture? - Definition, Benefits and Issues
The word 'sustainable' has become very popular these days and is used to describe many different things. In this lesson we will explore how sustainability is associated with agriculture and the benefits and issues of this type of farming.
6. What is Genetic Engineering? - Definition, Benefits & Issues
When most people think of genetics, they think of their own genes, but genetics is also very important in agriculture. In this lesson, we will explore genetic engineering and how it relates to agriculture. We will also investigate the benefits and issues associated with genetic engineering.
7. What Are Pesticides? - Definition and Difference Between Narrow-Spectrum & Broad-Spectrum
The crops and livestock we use for food are constantly at risk of harm from pests. This lesson will explore the methods for managing agricultural pests, including both narrow- and broad-spectrum pesticides.
8. Alternative Pest Control Methods for Agricultural Use
There is a move to reduce the use of pesticides in favor of more environmentally friendly methods of pest control. In this lesson, we'll explore alternative pest control methods, including how they work and the benefits and issues associated with each method.
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Other chapters within the Environmental Science 101: Environment and Humanity course
- Introduction to Environmental Science
- Ecosystems and the Effects of Pollution
- Habitats & Ecosystems
- The Evolution of Ecosystems
- Meteorology and the Environment
- Geology and the Environment
- Biological Science
- Causes and Effects of Freshwater Pollution
- The Relationship Between Land and the Environment
- Effects of Population Growth on the Environment
- Solid and Hazardous Waste
- Human Impact on the Environment
- Renewable Resources and the Environment
- Nonrenewable Resources
- Environmental Sustainability
- Analyzing Environmental Risks
- Impact of Environmental Policy
- Studying for Environmental Science 101