Conservation of Resources discussion
Currently, the USDA provides substantial subsidies to farmers and ranchers to help them blend good farm practices and profitability. These subsidies include floor price subsidies for selected crops and products, land set-aside for soil renewal, crop rotation, protection of endangered species, wetland preservation, and other considerations.
Based on your reading from the text and what you came across on the Internet, use your own words to explain what “Sustainable Agriculture” is. Do you think efforts to find sustainable agricultural practices in this country should be subsidized? Explain your answer.
I think that subsidies do help to maintain sustainability. The subsidies are used so as to farms do not have to use up all their resources to grow a crop. The water, soil etc.. is maintained to not upset the made ecosystem for that individual farm. I do think that much food could be made carelessly but would not be sustained. It would be just as costly and cause damage to resources. The price of water itself would rise for everyone due to it would become scarce resource. Pesticides would contaminate soil and food more and more until it would affect animal survival. I do think that subsidies used for this are becoming just as corrupt as the subsidies used for oil.
Yes I believe also this is greatly needed to preserve the land, communities, wildlife, etc in a safe manner. I think educated farmers should be able to lobby and speak up on what is needed to help sustain healthy crops along with what is hindering it. They should be able to say example this new road through my crop is going to hinder my water supply or etc……I am just using this as an assumption for I am not a crop expert this is why I think the farmer should be able to speak on their individual behalf. Also due to each farm is totally different than the next one with totally different pest, animals, plants, soil, water supply etc…One rule of thumb might not be needed with one farm but something else that is not even mentioned could be needed.
Yes I am for this for the fact that this is needed to have better quality food and preserves wildlife, soil and protects the planet. The best part of sustainable agriculture is that it is self-sufficient with watering, soil, nutrients, etc… with the environment. The ecosystem is manageable without outside force or interference. When agriculture is not sustainable the food it produces lacks valuable nutrients and could die out altogether. Seeds will become rarer and rarer to find that produce good quality food when the environment is interfered with. The seeds could possibly even become extinct just like an animal can become extinct. No one pays as much attention to the seeds because they are seemly abundant. Pollution, pesticides effect seeds as well as the food the seeds produce. Also the environment, example bees are much needed for pollination. I am not an expert on these things but do not have to be a rocket scientist to know that sustainable agriculture is important enough to be subsidized.
The downside to subsidizing the agriculture is greed. That senator that I worked for that was the owner of an oil company also grew up as a farmer. He had many, many friends that farm. I went with him to the country club in Stuttgart, AR where he gave a speech once. Stuttgart if some might not know is the rice capital of the world not just this country but the world. He created laws with the farming like the laws with the oil that are non-disclosed. I do have friends that are farmers and according to some sources they say it’s possible to make more money letting crops go bad on purpose than to have a good crop.