- Union of Concerned Scientists
Our agricultural system has lost its way. Industrial agriculture is unhealthy—for our environment, our climate, our bodies, and our rural economies.
Millions of acres of corn, soybeans, and other commodity crops, grown with the help of heavy government subsidies, dominate our rural landscapes.
To grow these crops, industrial farms use massive amounts of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, which deplete our soil and pollute our air and water.
Much of this harvest will end up as biofuels and other industrial products—and most of the rest will be used in CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) or in heavily processed junk foods, which seem cheap only because their hidden costs don't show up at the cash register.... http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-and-gmos-gm/p/985450868/our-agricultural-system-has-lost-its-way