Reductionist Farming: Losing Ecosystem Services

  • Andy Dyer


Farming has always been a battle against the natural elements and against the natural predators of the crops. It is, in essence, an effort to overcome the limitations of the environment, to maximize productivity, to minimize limitations, and to eliminate anything that gets in the way. Over time, farmers created and manufactured technologies to ensure that water was in adequate supply to avoid drought and heat stress and to ensure a successful result for the growing season. Taming the elements involved the relatively easy tasks of engineering access to water through means such as dams and canals, and choosing or developing crops that were best suited to particular climates.


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