Agriculture Growing while Farmers Decrease

This year our daughter, who is a sophomore in high school, is completing a course in Agriscience as one of her science courses.  Over all we have been thoroughly impressed with the things she is learning and the way that they have supplemented the knowledge she has already obtained from working and living on a small family farm.  While grading her final test today, I was alarmed by one of the questions that was asked.  It honestly took me back while the brunt reality sank really deep into my soul.

Why is agriculture still a big part of our economy in spite of the number of farmers decreasing?

The correct answer to this question is really quite simple and at the same time startling.  Agriculture is still such a huge part of our economy inspite of a decreasing number of farmers because of all the new job opportunities that have resulted from increased specialization and technological advancements.


Let this sink in for a minute. Agriculture is not still a big part of our economy because our population is growing and therefore we are growing more food locally.  Agriculture is developing as an industry because of technological developments and specialization.

In the area of farming, technological developments can be equated with the bioengineering of plants and even animals for mass production.  It includes chemists working on new combinations of chemicals to use as pesticides and herbicides.  Chemical combinations that will be utilized on our food sources way before the scientists and researchers know the long term impact of these chemicals on the human body and our immune systems.  These developments mean new career paths in the areas of animal nutrition in making artificial feed rations that will pack on the pounds to beef cattle to help them grow faster.  Are they concerned with the safety of the meat or its nutritional value?

I challenge you to think if new is always better.  Our personal farming philosophy is that animals and plants will be healthier food sources for human consumption if they are nourished and raised in a manner that they would have naturally been before confined to farms even with immense pasture.

Bioengineered food sources will lead our bodies down a path of destruction.  There are an abundance of scientific studies, particularly those conducted in Europe, that show direct correlations between the rise in consuming bioengineered foods and the increased incidence of auto immune diseases, infertility, ADD, autism spectrum disorders, obesity, and many others.

Is technology and specializations always something to brag about?  We have greater technology and specialization in our national health care system today than ever before, yet our country keeps falling further and further down the list of Healthy Countries around the world.  When looking at many different indicators, our nation’s health is declining rather than improving.  Will greater access to care that is not improving our health really be the answer?  And yes, our food when coming from their artificially modified and enhanced sources is a huge contributing factor to today’s growing health epidemics.

I would love to hear your thoughts after you have a chance to think on the very basic premise of whether greater technologies and specialization will really lead us to healthier and more nutritious food to support our bodies and health.  And if you decide that maybe modern technologically advanced pharmaceuticals and medical enhancements are not improving your health, you may want to check out more natural alternatives on our sister site at Whole Fashioned Wellness.

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2 Replies to “Agriculture Growing while Farmers Decrease”

  1. What program did your daughter use for this class? Sounds like something of interest for our high school students. Thanks.

    1. She completed both the Agriscience and the Horticulture classes using materials from Christian Light Publishing. She felt that even though she has always lived on the farm that the textbooks are informational enough to hold on to as reference materials for the future.

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