Impact of today’s industrialized agriculture on Wildlife

“Together we’re growing more from less for generations to come”,
“Efficiently protect the environment and in same time make your farm more profitable”,
“We work on increasing world’s major crops by 20% by 2020, without using more land, water or inputs”,
“The more people that get involved, the better we can feed a fast-growing population”

 

The above slogans are copy-pasted from a marketing campaign of one of world’s largest crop chemical producers. Sounds like a good cause, right? Well, lets review the  Facts  together! This is a blog for wildlife, but we need to look at issues impacting wildlife in context, to better understand!

Firstly, we need to understand a bit the economics that is driving today’s society, I try to do this in simplified language. This is a free market system (with some arguments over protectionism applied by certain countries to protect their national interests), meaning market players (Businesses) competing for same consumers (you)! Business decisions, simply put, are driven by profit (Revenues from Sales towards consumers minus costs to produce the service/product)! You, the consumer, don’t get tricked, the Big Businesses (Corporations) are not charities, fighting for better world (as it may sound in above slogans), they are profit driven organizations, owned by shareholders, these are normally investors (people or other organizations e.g. investment funds, pension funds, etc) purchasing shares and building a stock portfolio which are supposed to maximize their profits at shortest term possible!

Secondly, we need to understand another stakeholder in today society, the government! They are the ones managing public money with scope of assuring welfare of its citizens , but lately being ever more influenced by the more and more powerful shadow sovereigns, the Corporations! Unfortunately governments, in context of capitalism and free market, use mainly one standard measure, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), to asses wealth of a nation, but which has nothing to do with welfare/happiness/health of citizens! As per the GDP formula, the bigger the consumption of households, the higher the GDP! What is missing however in GDP formula is the real cost for destroying the nature, for polluting the rivers, burn the forests and exterminate all the other species!

And so, governments and corporations seem to going along just fine in their financial objectives and ignorance towards environment and ecologically sustainable practices!

When it comes to agricultural sector, this is also run today mostly by big private Corporations! I recommend reading below 3 books, to leverage from extensive research in the field and observations of the respectable authors!

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First book, DEAD ZONE, explain how industrialized agriculture today is surely and rapidly destroying bio-diversity and ecosystems the humanity is relaying upon! Around the world, through mono-cultures (either soya crops in Brazil, or palm oil in Indonesia, or corn plantations in United States) destroying wildlife natural habitats to make space for plantations, or its fertilizers and pesticides to boost productivity which are entering soil, rivers and oceans and create so called Dead zones by killing earth warms or plankton so useful in a healthy ecosystem, or over-fishing practices even with purpose of feeding salmon farms in case of smaller fishes captured, the planet resources and wildlife are being destroyed at an outstanding and unsustainable speed, under slogans of feeding the world, where in fact author calculates we could feed more than 2 planets with what we produce today, if we could only change today practices, by replacing industrialized farms of animals fed on crops which have a 3% yield of converting the crop in beef protein, and instead letting them graze naturally, and by removing all chemicals and rely instead or organic produces to feed directly people, without the need to remove wildlife in the process!

More arguments are provided in second book, Project Animal Farm, which is a MUST READ for consumers all over the world, to understand the misery in which industrialized farm animals are raised, how more loosely regulated “free range farms” are cheating consumer under slogans like “We work with Mother Nature, not against her”, and to convince you even more to turn to organic, strictly regulated, food products!

And because it is always safer to grow your own food, and you can do that in a wildlife friendly manner if you have your own garden, I recommend a third book Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener, whose practices should become your own, if you believe in a sustainable natural ecosystem is the way forward, where people will be more happy!

To conclude with, today industrialized agriculture is inefficient and dangerous, while there are sustainable alternatives to this! As consumers, if we want to preserve bio-diversity and protect this planet for our future generations, stay informed, read labels of the products you buy, act responsibly! Buy organic, don’t consume more than you need, don’t waste, favor organic products and those companies certified for producing responsibly, recycle as much as possible and more! We have no excuse for not doing so!

3 thoughts on “Impact of today’s industrialized agriculture on Wildlife

  1. You are absolutely right. We in the industry are spending a lot of food and other things that can be recycled much more than we do today. I’m not going to say I’m good at doing this, not throwing food. I live alone, and usually throw a lot of food that I bought that has become old. Clears the freezer for a couple of times a year, and must discard most of it. But nowadays I do not buy so much food to put in the freezer, I know I’d rather have fresh meat when I cook food myself. In Sweden, we are actually the best in the world to recycle cans and bottles, about 96%. But it is not enough, according to the state. But then we have all the electrical appliances that many people fail to return to the stores, who are obliged to receive them free of charge. Certainly, the food we produce is enough for all the world’s people, but today it’s the economy that governs, money comes before all else. The thief in Africa, for example, is a big threat to the animals there. I have no compassion for the thief hunters, but understand their situation, they have to support their family. This is something that we in the rest of the world can easily prevent. The thief hunters get only a few dollars, while those who trade with the animals earn a fortune. Then we have these Asians who believe Rhino Horns are miracle cures for all possible. For example, that Japanese people still live in that faith is horrible!
    But everything goes in the right direction, the question is, is it too late?

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    • Thanks John, I am not sure how much goes into the right direction today, overall at planet level, unfortunately we only see bits here and there only, even televisions became to subjective and too politically influenced all over the world, you cannot rely anymore on the coverage you get from tv or internet. I do notice however that people in general, in developed countries, they expect more and more for their governments to take some kind of miracle action, instead of looking inside them and see what they can change, how to be a better person…When it comes to wildlife, things get even worse, with exception of few passionate persons, and some NGOs, nobody even cares anymore, and here I hope we could make some changes, increase a bit the awareness…But hard to fight big corporations, even by governments, look in Europe at VW car maker scandal around diesel emissions, how many cars were sold that are polluting above admission level, and until today, there has been no arrest in Europe, nothing!! Outrages what is happening today! Same happens with the mass food it is produced today, it is fool of nitrants, it is all fake, the only scope of producers is to make big volume, sell cheap to increase profits, and quality doesnt matter as well as the impact brought on environment by soil and water sources depletion, removal of wildlife, and pesticides poisoning oceans …

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  2. My own Life’s road has been a winding one, often times off the road totally and finding my own trail. I grew up on a cotton farm in Mississippi, married a farmer and between Mississippi and Louisiana, I was 100 percent into the technical details of farming, from watching 2,4-d on rice and how an unopened drum would still make sensitive broadleaves curl, etc… I was also raised in a hunting family — so to evolve out of that has been interesting – because of the knowledge i gained, and now can see it all with clear and ultra-sensitive eyes…By being too judgmental, I’d make people defensive, so I speak when it might have a positive impact, but otherwise find subtle ways to call attention to the damage our species has done and is doing to our planet… When in Latin countries I can smell the 2,4-d pesticides sprayed on pastures of friends or in the ‘neighborhood’ and know what’s being sprayed – i mention it to the land owner/friend who trusted the employee’s advice,…’no… ‘ they say, ‘my worker said it’s completely safe….’ —- ‘let’s look at that label,’ i say, and then we have an eye-opening discussion….

    So now when I return to my homeland, it’s with a sensitive approach – because sometimes one has to wean away before seeing things more clearly….

    Down here in Ecuador I note the mistakes being made that other countries made centuries ago – and to try to find ways to alter that is also difficult. Bring awareness to the children is a good start…. A

    anyway, thanks for listening, thanks for following, and thanks for what you are doing!

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