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2022.01.21 05:23 notabot76 Industrial Agriculture and the “Slippery Slope” it creates: Algae, Deforestation, and More
16 January 2021
Industrial Agriculture is the efficient, large-scale, industrialized method of farming that has completely dominated the food production of the United States. A common misconception is that Industrial Agriculture is exclusively plant and crop based. However, the term extends to industries and practices like beef farming. Industrial Agriculture is characterized by the use of large amounts of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, as well as the principle of producing the most food possible for the lowest cost or space taken. The latter aim is well demonstrated in the animal related practices of Industrial Agriculture. The specific chemicals and compounds used in the pesticides and fertilizers often produce disastrous, cascading results when the runoff reaches marine environments. The failure of commercial farms to properly dispose of their waste may result from an effort to save money, ineptitude, or a lack of knowledge. However, even the most scrupulous and careful Industrial farmers have likely played a role in the deterioration of the surrounding environment. Indeed, beef production is the number one contributor to deforestation. This method of farming has been controversial, as it forces people to evaluate and weigh how the methods provide sustenance for hundreds of millions of people around the world while knowing that the very essence of the practice is ultimately unsustainable.
An aspect of Industrial Agriculture that has been widely criticized is how the waste byproducts it produces devastate the surrounding waterways. For example, the use of chemical fertilizers (mainly ammonium nitrates, phosphates, carbonates, and their derivatives) in a single region, the American Midwest, has resulted in an 8,000 square mile, oxygen-deprived “Dead Zone” in the Gulf of Mexico. This widespread lack of oxygen in the water is known as Hypoxia. The myriad of effects chemical runoff has on the environment is not limited to Hypoxia, however. The “slippery slope” truly shines in the cascading, almost domino-like interactions that then ensue after the chemicals contaminate the water. Among other undesirable outcomes, like heavy metal contamination, the loss of property value, and tainted water supplies, there is one outstanding long-term consequence of the fertilizer runoffs: Harmful Algae Blooms.
Neurotoxic Phytoplankton and Cyanobacteria, collectively known as Harmful Algae Blooms, thrive in oxygen-poor waters. The growth of these blooms further reduces the oxygen supply in the water, starving most marine organisms in the affected areas. A recent example of this was seen in Tampa Bay, from a Piney Point Phosphate Plant wastewater leak. The algae was noted to kill fish in the area, and to irritate the skin of those swimming in the affected water. The death of enough marine organisms can cause collapses of whole ecosystems. Certain kinds of blooms also produce potent biotoxins that have no known antidote. However, before the algae reaches visibly dangerous levels, filter feeders like clams or mussels in the area concentrate the potent biotoxins, resulting in tainted shellfish. People unfortunate enough to eat the tainted seafood experience acute poisoning that results in severe illness at the very best, and paralysis leading to death at the very worst. There is some irony to be found in how a system created to minimize the amount of money and land required to produce food can ultimately poison the food supply.
If Algae blooms are the result where Industrial Agriculture contributed to the growth of harmful organisms, Deforestation is the complete opposite result. As aforementioned, Industrial Agriculture is not limited to the growth of crops. The American Beef industry is already notorious for ethical reasons, but beef production is the biggest contributor to deforestation. The vast majority of beef farms follow models of Industrial Agriculture; 55-85% of the beef market is covered by four large companies. Furthermore, beef production drives deforestation five times faster than any other sector. The obvious question may be “well, why should I care?” Well, deforestation, or rather, the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions it produces are, in turn, one of the greatest contributors to Global Warming. Trees “sequester” CO2 as they grow, meaning that they store the CO2 in their trunks and their roots. When trees are burned or cut down to clear land for room to create industrial farms and fields, massive amounts of CO2 are released. The CO2 then makes its way to the atmosphere, where it absorbs and traps heat from Infared radiation and other sources. The absences, rather than the presence of the trees (unlike that of the algae blooms) is what causes the damage to the environment.
A demonstration of the devastation Global Warming can cause occurred in the summer of 2021, when a heat wave peaking at 49.6 Degree Celsius swept through British Columbia, leaving behind a sweeping wake of panic and 569 dead in the province, alone. A heat dome had formed over the West Coast of the Northern United States and Canada as a result of rare atmospheric conditions exacerbated by higher global temperatures. Such heat domes and heat waves will only become more common in the upcoming years if climate change continues.
The two examples of the slippery slope of destruction Industrial Agriculture can create notwithstanding, one salient fact that should not be discredited or forgotten is that Industrial Agriculture has contributed to the feeding of hundreds of millions of people. Furthermore, Industrial farms produce 57.4 percent of the food we consume. The benefit is simple: at the cost of the well-being of the environment, we fill our stomachs. Industrial Agriculture is not a method that simply causes more harm than it does good.
The slippery slope is a logical fallacy where a debater relies on extreme, unlikely hypotheticals. It is then bleakly ironic how the slippery slope can be applied unfallaciously to many of the environmental impacts of Industrial Agriculture, as the undesirable secondary and tertiary effects, whether algal blooms, global warming or deforestation, have countless documented cases. One bad outcome leads to an even worse one; it cascades. Industrial Agriculture has fed hundreds of millions, but it may lead to just even deaths as time goes on, especially if the ultimate dangers Climate Change threaten are realized. As a result, it may be wise to evaluate whether there could be better, more eco-friendly alternatives to it.
The rise of industrial agriculture has had significant effects on the environment and the economy of the United States.
2022.01.21 05:23 AnFallenJojo Man I miss free special recearchs
2022.01.21 05:23 Real_Chikoy Question
Anyone encountered some glitchy things on lost light I am new to the game and I can't even play the games it's so goddamn glitch like in the tutorial I can't even see my character moving and its only 5gb and I have call of duty mobile and it has 12gb but my call of duty mobile works perfectly
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2022.01.21 05:23 redsaw2 When will the next civil rights movement, similar to that of MLK Jr., take place?
I ask from ignorance and I want to learn as this was rarely a subject I was thoroughly taught throughout school, obviously it got it's mention during January:
tl;dr Was there great strife and division in 1965 before, during, and after the Civil Rights Act of 1965 passed? If so, how is it similar to the division we are experiencing today post Trump?
All thoughts are welcomed, again I ask from ignorance!
I'm wondering if the strife and division our country (the USA) is apparently in is in a similar level to that of 1965. From my understanding, the level of police force used on protestors is ~very~ similar as well as both the impact/national disturbance of the protests and the individual who galvanized the movement (1965 it was Rosa Parks and 2020 it seemed to be George Floyd for the BLM movement, it went international).
From here, I then want to relate my thoughts then to the forced unity that came about in the country a generation or two after The Civil Rights Act of 1965 was passed. I say "forced" because this unity came albeit forced by law, a law beforehand was filibustered for over 14 hours. I also say forced bc obviously there are still MANY individuals who at extremes seem to act viciously against IAPOC/minority individuals but go unnoticed.
Also, the division and strife I focus on is one we seem to be experiencing now after Trump's presidency. Could it be a crack to the democracy, to our Beacon on a Hill? Or can this disconnect in understanding and respect and recognition of another's humanity be used to exponentially unify our nation further throughout the next several generations sort of like after 1965? Even if under this lawful unity there still exist individuals who disagree with reform.
I also think we are very close to having another civil rights movement within my lifetime (I'm fresh outta college) that will have as big an impact as that of MLK (if not bigger). It's just a matter of time for that person to reach the national stage.
What are your thoughts and input? Where is my logic ~very~ faulty? Am I idealizing too much? Any resources you reccomend I should read to inform myself?!
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2022.01.21 05:23 MrTwentyFourr Help please ❤️
If I use realms on PlayStation and add a world to it and then go on PC and enter that realm can I somehow save that world to my PC where I can use it as a world on my pc without it being a realm anymore?
Side note: what if I add my PC account as operator on my PlayStation, would that work?…
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2022.01.21 05:23 katebushpilled Postmaster delete in TWQ?
I'm very stupid but will my postmaster be cleared when Witch Queen launches? I was gonna save some exotic engrams and such but don't want to lose my shards and all. Thanks kiddos
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2022.01.21 05:23 TehRussinBearR As my first Car what would you recommend as a used car Between $1000-$5000 dollars? (Car enthusiast so idc what you recommend)
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2022.01.21 05:23 andbjo If humanity invests just an extra 2% of Global GDP in developing eco-friendly technologies and infrastructure every year, this would be enough to prevent catastrophic climate change
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2022.01.21 05:23 uhshshshh Loft bed with stairs/ carpenter
Hi, where to find a carpenter to build stairs (preferably with storage) leading up to a loft bed (from ikea)? also what are the rates for a carpenter like in sg?
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2022.01.21 05:23 thedornn More $CYBERCOLA for bears!
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After the lull, the Command will feed you with news more often. Today a little.
Here's what you'll be doing before the release of the strategic part of the game. This is the first phase of the Wormy Front. You will mine $CYBERCOLA!
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2022.01.21 05:23 Young_Economist 20/445: Kleine Anfrage Impfdurchbrüche und Impfpflicht (PDF)
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