Agriculture (It's really easy!) How is technology beneficial to agriculture? How could I start my paragraph with this topic? I need facts! Can you help? If you can't, try it anyway!! :)

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Maybe you can choose to open with a mention of the advance in agriculture that seems most interesting to you.

  • Satellites are now used take infrared and multi-spectrum photos of fields to help identify mineral levels in the soil. That's pretty neat.
  • New seeds have been engineered to increase yield and to fight off insects and disease. That's is a bit controversial.
  • Animal-drawn plows have been replaced by much more time-efficient farming equipment.

 

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You might begin with a comparison between how things were done 100 years ago to how they are done today. A simple tractor might make an interesting comparison. Once, tractors were metal rigs that were pulled by horses or other large animals. A farmer who couldn't afford such animals might even have a smaller version of a plow that could be pushed by a person. Now, tractors are large machines that are driven by an engine. Many even have air conditioning and stereosystems like a car. The technology allows for faster gathering of crops with far less effort. The new equipment is far more cost efficent. Farmers are able to plant much larger areas and much more tempermental crops because of the new equipment and technology.
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You might begin by comparing and contrasting agriculture as it was recently practiced in a developing country (such as China) with agriculture as it is practiced in that country today. It was not too long ago that China was an economic basket case; the same is true of India. Certainly the introduction of new technology into agriculture in those economies has benefitted the agricultural industries there.

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The Green Revolution back in the '60s was extremely important.  It used technology to develop new strains of rice and other foods that would have improved yields.  Today, the use of genetically modified organisms hold great promise as well.

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Certainly talking about how yields have increased due to hybrids developed through technology and supported through appropriate use of chemicals as measured and determined by technological applications. Tractors are guided with GPS systems and the amount of chemicals applied to areas of the fields are adjusted for moisture and chemical composition of the soil.

You could talk about the new varieties of plants being developed and distributed to provide higher yields and more nutrition for the masses of India, Africa, and South America. Look up Norman Borlaug!  Nobel Peace Prize winner...

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Why not start with a cool statistic, such as how many tomatoes were produced last year compared to 100 years before? You might also begin anecdotally, describing the process a certain food takes to get to your table. You could describe eating fruit out of season.
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