Farming Techniques: Crop Rotation

Crop rotation is a traditional agricultural technique that involves planting different types of crops on the same piece of land in sequenced seasons.[1] Planting two different kinds of vegetables together is called intercropping, or component cropping. The goal of crop rotation and component crops is obtaining the highest yields while keeping the fertility of the […]

History of Farming: Current Day Implications & Needed Changes

Farming is a symbol of humanity’s dominance over animals and plants to provide sustenance for survival. Early Neolithic peoples practiced agriculture as early as 20,000 BC, marking perhaps one of the most critical turning points in civilization. Since then, there have been dramatic changes in the way farming is practiced, but at its core is […]

Farming Techniques: Integrated Pest Management

Integrated pest management is a holistic, broad-based approach for managing pests. The goal of IPM is to keep the population density of pests at the lowest possible level to prevent damage to crops without completely eradicating them. Additionally, IPM strives to maintain healthy crops without disrupting the ecosystems in agricultural land using natural pest control […]

Farming Techniques: No-Till Agriculture

No-till agriculture, also called no-till farming, zero tillage, or direct drilling, is a method of traditional agriculture that focusing on growing crops season to season without disturbing the soil by tilling. When farmers use the no-till technique, they increase the amount of water that goes into the ground, retaining and cycling organic matter and nutrients. […]

Innovative Farming Technology: Indoor and Urban Farms

Urban farming is a hot new term for those seeking to bring quality, healthy, and affordable food to cities where it isn’t always easy to get. From everyday people to environmentalists to community groups, the interest is rising, although urban agriculture is nothing new. At its core, urban farming “is growing or producing food in […]

Vertical Farming in Urban Cities

Farming in urban environments was previously thought to be impossible. However, thanks to new innovative farming methods, urban agriculture is quickly becoming viable. Techniques like vertical farming make urban agriculture an option for those who wish to expand into the world of farming within cities. But what is vertical farming, exactly? Vertical farming is “the […]

Impacts of Traditional Farming on Oil

The current system for growing and supplying food to people in every country is largely dependent on fuel and transportation. This may prove inconvenient as there is no logical doubt that fossil fuels will become less affordable as this, clearly finite, resource depletes. If our current methods continue agriculture around the globe will become less […]

Impacts of Traditional Farming on Land

Agriculture is the most critical industry in the world, whether it be vegetation or livestock farming. Agriculture’s is clearly necessary to feed the ever-growing global population. However, while there is no doubt that humans need farms to produce food, the environmental toll of traditional agriculture is growing more apparent. In the 18th century, roughly 7% […]

Impacts of Fertilizers and Pesticides in Traditional Farming

Traditional farming is gradually shifting from conventional methods to incorporate environmentally conscious tactics that also produce safer products for consumers. However, there are still several parts of this practice that many farmers deem necessary. One of these is the continued use of fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals which have some of the most far-reaching damaging […]

Impact of Traditional Farming on Water

In 2016, U.S. farms consumed enough water to account for nearly 80% of the country’s water consumption.[1] While it may seem obvious that the agricultural sector would be the number one water consumer, our resource may not have stretched as far as we once imagined. A 2015 study showed that traditional farming’s water usage is […]