Modern Ag: An Introduction

Thanks to all for the responses. One person asked, “What exactly is modern agriculture?” Modern agriculture is just a way of saying what agriculture as an industry is doing right now. Like modern is the current going trend, thus “modern agriculture” is just the current way of doing things in agriculture, whether it be utilizing new technologies or working to decrease our impact on the environment.

Many farmers and ranchers are working to incorporate new technologies into their operations. These will allow them (farmers and ranchers) to not only improve the profit return on their farm “investments,” but additionally by improving efficiencies as an industry we are able to accomplish a two part goal. The first part is to decrease impact is to decrease the number of animals processed for consumption. The second part of our goal is to increase our gross production output, this helps to allow us (farmers and ranchers) to be able to feed an ever-growing population. With the current growth rate, experts predict that the population of the world will hit 9 billion (holy cow) by 2050. At our current outputs with agriculture, there is no way we can feed that many. Now this may seem confusing to some that we want to decrease our number of animal processed for consumption, but in reality what we are trying to do is decrease the per capita consumption, as with an ever growing population we will constantly need to produce more. By being able to increase efficiency we can, as farmers, ensure that we are able to feed 9 billion mouths easier. Efficiency is something every industry aims to improve.

Technology also aims to decrease our impact on the environment. There are countless ways that we can do this. The first is by reducing our carbon footprint from equipment usage, be it tractors or vehicles that are used. Moreover, technology aims to help us decrease our environment by allowing better manure distribution to reduce runoff. Other systems are also in place to ensure best practices, such as many processes that see to it all parts of harvested animals are properly used in entirety to reduce waste.

When many think of “modern agriculture” they think of big business and “factory” farms, when in reality that is not what it is at all.

Here are some great links for more info:

www.fooddialogues.com

www.beefnutrition.org

www.porkbeinspired.com

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-Zach