5 WAYS AGRICULTURE IMPACTS OUR LIVES
There are more than 5 ways agriculture impacts our lives every day. Agriculture is an important industry in the United States. Some might argue it is the most important. The agriculture industry, which includes both crops and livestock, is responsible for producing most of the world’s foods and fabrics.
Agriculture impacts so many things that it’s hard to imagine a world without this important industry. If you don’t think agriculture impacts your life, think again.
Just look at these 5 important ways agriculture impacts our lives every day.
Even if you don’t own a farm or any livestock, agriculture still impacts your family. Think about how you feed your family. Where does that food come from? It doesn’t just magically appear in the grocery store! Now think about how you clothe your family. Many clothes get made with wool, cotton, and other materials that farmers and ranchers produce. If it wasn’t for agriculture, it would be harder to provide for your family.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the ag, food, and related industries contributed over $1 trillion to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). This industry also provides over 22 million full and part-time jobs. Also, when the ag sector is able to meet the supply and demand for food and other products, it helps to keep prices down for the consumer.
Alfalfa is a common crop grown in North America. Because alfalfa is rich in minerals and nutrients, this plant is often fed to livestock. For humans, alfalfa can help treat morning sickness, nausea, and kidney stones. Not all farmers raise traditional crops, however. Some of them grow plants that are used for medicinal purposes. These plants include plantain, yarrow, elder, sage, and common mallow. Farmers also grow fruits and vegetables, which play a key role in healthy diets.
Thanks to the production of ethanol, agriculture also impacts energy. Ethanol is a corn-derived oil used in gasoline. In 2018, 5.55 billion bushels of corn were crushed to produce ethanol. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the United States produced over 16 billion gallons of ethanol. One of the most important benefits ethanol has to offer is that it’s a renewable energy source. These types of energy sources improve public health, decrease global warming emissions, provide jobs, and are more efficient than fossil fuels.
Agriculture provides many benefits to communities. Agriculture creates both jobs and economic growth. Communities also hold agricultural-based events, such as crop and livestock judging competitions and 4-H exhibits at their county fair. Many communities benefit from having Famers Markets where smaller farmers can interact directly with consumers. This also allows those in the community to learn firsthand where their food comes from. The positive impact of agriculture on the community fosters a sense of hard work and togetherness.
In what areas of your life does agriculture affect you? Can you think of other areas that agriculture significantly impacts?
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