Food Production

The Ecological Impacts

Environmental Problem

Industrial agriculture utilizes many harmful practices to keep up with growing demand for certain products. The resources required to produce agriculture in industrial systems are being depleted from our limited quantities at alarming rates. The effect of food production on climate change destroys habitats, creates pollution, uses finite freshwater reserves, and more. The loss of habitats and freshwater along with the introduction of chemicals through transport methods and farming techniques create hazardous living spaces.

Ecological Foundations of the Food System

Fertile Soil

Productive soil is rich in nutrients and contains organic matter. Which holds water and stores carbon. Unhealthy soil is susceptible to erosion

Favorable Climate

Each crop has its own optimal temperature for growth and reproduction. Extreme changes and events (like flooding or drought) can prevent growth.

Ample Freshwater

Only 2.5% of water on Earth is fresh. Water allows nutrients to be transported within a plant. Such nutrients are drawn from the soil.


The variation within and between species of agriculture (plants and animals). Diversity is important for resistance and resilience.

The Ecological Impacts

Be part of the change. Solutions you can take part in to combat the negative effects of industrialized agriculture.

Additional resources for you to participate in as well as a list of sources and references.