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Date: 2017-07-22 Page is: DBtxt001.php L0700-SI-AGRICULTURE-CROP

AGRICULTURE
CROP PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING
PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT DRIVER OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY AND QUALITY OF LIFE OF THE POPULATION
Vegetables / Meat / Fruit / Chocolate/ Processed Food / Junk Food

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ESSENTIALS OF AGRICULTURE LAND / LABOR / WATER
There have been massive improvements in agricultural productivity over the past many decades as a result of many technological innovations and related investment. There has been increased use of pesticides and fertilizer, there has been mechanization and improvement in seeds.
But there has also been a downside. Monoculture is depleting the soils in an unsusstainable manner. Improved seeds are reducing the resilience of the agricultural system. Run-off containing pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer is draining into watersheds and killing both fauna and flora. Modern agriculture requires heavy capital expenditures and there has been a dangerous concentration of economic power and severe damage to the underlying social fabric.
This image from Ethiopia shows the importance of water, the willingness to work the land ... and the endemic poverty associated with most people engaged in low investment agriculture!

ISSUES

ISSUES - AGRICULTURE
Open list0300-Agriculture
ISSUES - FOOD
Open list0300-Food
ISSUES - PESTICIDES AND HERBICIDES
Open list0300-Pesticides
ISSUES - ANTIBIOTICS
Open list0300-Antibiotics
ISSUES - WATER
Open list0300-Water

GRAIN

CROP AGRICULTURE - GRAIN PRODUCTION
The prairies of the United States and Canada are one of the major grain producing areas in the world. Over the years grain yeilds have increased significantly, but there are worrying trends associated with many yiears of monoculture, high useage of persticides and herbicides and the run-off that creates water pollution.
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GRAIN HARVESTING
There was a time when harvesting was very labor intensive, but this has been mechanized and is now very capital intensive.

HIGHLY MECHANIZED
POST HARVEST LOGISTICS
In North America, grain harvesting has been heavily mechanized and requires large scale and high investment in equipment.

TRUCKS
POST HARVEST LOGISTICS
In North America, grain harvesting has been heavily mechanized and requires large scale and high investment in equipment.

TRAINS
POST HARVEST LOGISTICS
Post harvest logistics is a critical part of the FOOD strand

SHIPS ... BULK GRAIN CARRIERS
POST HARVEST BULK GRAIN STORAGE
Post harvest grain storage is another critical part of the FOOD strand

GRAIN ELEVATORS BULK STORAGE
POST HARVEST GRAIN STORAGE - SACKS AND TEMPORARY STORAGE
Post harvest grain storage is another critical part of the FOOD strand

SACKS AND TEMPORARY STORAGE
POST HARVEST LOSSES - TRADITIONAL STORAGE SYSTEMS
Post harvest grain storage is another critical part of the FOOD strand

TRADITIONAL GRAIN STORAGE
POST HARVEST LOSSES - PEST INVESTATION
Post harvest pest investation is a serious cause of loss

INFESTATION
CROP AGRICULTURE - RISKS
There are a variety of risks associated with the storage of grain. This explosian at a grain elevator killed several people in the United States

EXPLOSIONS

RICE

CROP AGRICULTURE - RICE

Sustainable Food

Open file 12554 Open external link
GreenPeace-Financing-Ecological-Farming-in-Africa
'http://truevaluemetrics.org/DBpdfs/Agriculture/Sustainable-Agriculture/GreenPeace-Financing-Ecological-Farming-in-Africa.pdf'
Open file 12554 Open PDF ... GreenPeace-Financing-Ecological-Farming-in-Africa

'http://www.mdpi.com/2073-445X/3/2/414/htm'
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CROP AGRICULTURE - MECHANIZATION
Mechanized tea picking in Kenye
Technology, like this tea-picking machine in Kenya, can harness agriculture’s power to change lives. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya
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