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Food Production and environmental impact

In the United States, we are fortunate to have an abundant supply of food, and much of this is due to our agricultural technology. However, there are many concerns about our food source, including genetically modified crops, the use of more chemicals, and climate change just name a few. Give examples of how humans have increased their food supply and what effects these methods have on the environment overall. Discuss concerns you have about the overall safety of the food you eat?

Examine the obvious environmental impacts as well as significant social and physical ramifications of urban sprawl. What is the relationship between landscape and psychological well being? After defining this relationship, discuss how the presence or absence of natural beauty in your environment affects your psychological well being on an everyday basis. Give at least one specific example.

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Hello and thank you for using Brainmass. The discussion below should get you started. This is a very broad set of questions that have a number of answers from various concerns and perspectives (i.e. environmental, economic, and social). I have provided some accessible answers that you can easily expand on based on your own experience. You can also use the listed resources to explore the topic further. Good luck with your studies.

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Food Source Issue: GMO

To cope with the high demand for food supply and raw materials necessary to maintain production of food, science and technology have had to be harnessed for a number of goals, in particular to genetically modified food to increase yield, to suit taste of consumers, to increase mass (in the case of meat source) - all in the aim of lowering food shortage. Additionally, the creation of genetically engineered or modified foods (GMO) is a great source of economic prosperity for farmers and large scale multinational producers. Certain crops for example were engineered to withstand environmental conditions (drought, flood), to resist pests, diseases and select viruses as well as to enhance certain properties like containing more vitamins and minerals. These GMO crops are property of multinationals and as such are 'intellectual property' therefore distribution of them is also regulated for purposes of profit which at times puts the purpose of GMO crops to answer food shortage in the hungrier parts of the world moot/unjustified. These GMO crops include: soybeans, cotton, alfalfa, Hawaiian papaya, rapeseed, barley, wheat, sugar cane, sugar beet, rice, squash, zucchini, potatoes, pepper, carrots, maize, etc. In fact, most varieties of crops and vegetables that we find in the super market have gone through some form of ...

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The solution provides,information,insighr,discussion and advise on the topic of food production,environmental effects and supply as layed-out in the question set above (see problem).References are listed.