In agriculture, monoculture consists of the planting and harvest of a single crop over a wide area of land. The idea was manufactured as a way to essentially flood the market with a certain type of crop to help lower the cost to the general public. While the idea certainly came from good intentions, clearing a wide land mass to plant a single crop changes the natural biodiversity of the land, and comes with negative impacts. As a result, things that are naturally kept in check by biodiversity such as pest control, healthy pollination, nutritious soil, and disease resistances are put into turmoil.

Miguel A. Altieri’s project, Agroecology in Action, does a good job explaining the problems associated with monoculture, as well as offers alternatives to conventional agriculture.

-Daniel Hanks

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2 responses »

  1. Yeah, I heard that only planting one crop quickly depletes the health of the soil as well, so eventually you’d end up making the area unusable for the future. But rotating crops actually brings the health of the soil back up to par so you can plant the original crop again.

  2. Ben Anderson says:

    The monoculture portion of the bee movie we watched really opened my eyes and really made sense of all the problems we are currently having with the disappearing of bees and our relying on all these pesticides.

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