Agriculture

Agriculture is the main feed of crops.

Agriculture is the main feed of crops.

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The definition of agriculture is the cultivation and breeding of animals, plants, and fungi for food, fiber, biofuel, medicinal plants, and other products used to sustain and enhance human life. Advances in science open new options for farmers. It helps with market needs and environmental challenges. Since agriculture is improving, there are newer ways to plant plants and crops.

Myth: Farm animals are routinely raised on “factory farms,” confined in “crowded, unventilated cages and sheds.” Fact: Animals are usually kept in barns and similar housing beside beef cattle, to protect the safety of other animals. Housing the animals protects them from diseases and predators. Housing animals inside also helps the birthing process by making it less stressful. It makes it easier for farmers to keep items clean.

The housing for animals inside keeps the animals ventilated, warm, well-lightened and scientifically designed for specific needs, such as clean water, and balanced diets. Hog barns wouldn’t be used for cows, like a parent would not sleep in a child’s crib. Housing is designed to allow the farmer to provide the best care for any animal.

Myth: Farming in the United States is controlled by large corporations that care about profits and not about animal welfare. Of 2.2 million farms in the United States, 87% are owned by individuals or married couples responsible for operating the farms. If partnerships- typically a parent or even one or more children or other close relatives. Most are added to this 97% of U.S. farms are family-owned and operated, according to the USDA. Even those farms are legally corporations are mostly family controlled, with USDA reporting only 7,000 non-controlled corporate farms in the United States.

Myth: By eating less meat, Americans would improve the environment and extra land and recourses for the production of food crops instead of animal products that could be used to feed the hungry overseas. The choice of natural resources involves use of both animals and plants to produce the nutrients that human require. For example about half the land place of the United States is very strict about grazing land-not suitable for crop production. That land would be of no use as a food resource if it was not a grazing livestock.

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