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Agricultural pollution refers to biotic and abiotic byproducts of farming practices that result in contamination or degradation of the environment and surrounding ecosystems, and/or cause injury to humans and their economic interests. Abiotic byproducts include pesticides and herbicides applied to agricultural land to control pests that disrupt crop production. Soil contamination can occur when pesticides persist and accumulate in soils, which can alter microbial processes, increase plant uptake of the chemical, and also cause toxicity to soil organisms. Fertilizers, such as nitrogen and phosphorus are another important abiotic byproduct that, if incorrectly managed, can have negative environmental consequences.

The section looks both at the environmental impact of industrial agriculture and at the way anthropomorphic climate change can negatively affect the global food supply chain. This relationship involves a variety of factors from the soil, to water, the air, animal and soil diversity, people, plants, and the food itself. Some of the environmental issues that are related to agriculture are climate change, deforestation, genetic engineering, irrigation problems, pollutants, soil degradation, and waste.

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A new study published by Dr Marco Springmann from the University of Oxford proves just how critical the mitigation of climate change is for mankind. The current trends of global warming (that are the direct consequences of the greed of fossil fuel corporations) will cause devastating effects for people throughout the world. This study is the first of its kind and attempts to estimate the number of deaths that will result from the effects of climate change on agriculture. His results are appalling and stress that bringing an end to global warming is the only possible way if we want to avoid cataclysmic disasters on the planet.

he study proves that the current trends of global warming will reduce food availability

Dr Springmann's study clearly indicates that the world food production will be severely reduced by climate change. His assumption is that nothing will change and that global warming will continue to accelerate. Of course the purpose of this premise is to describe the worst case scenario to make sure we don't go there. And yet some alarming signs indicate that many corporations around the world are far from embracing the common goal set at the COP21 of limiting temperature rise to 1.5 °Celsius. For instance, in 2015, four of Australia's biggest banks, Commonwealth, Westpac, ANZ and National Australian Bank loaned $5.5 billion to coal, oil and gas companies in 2015. This clearly proves that it's still “business as usual” for many corporations around the world, and this unfortunately gives credence to Dr. Springmann's assumption. So what will happen if the current trends of global warming continue ? This will cut the increase of agricultural production by one third. The specific causes of this decrease are numerous. The rising temperature in itself would cause stress crops and affect yields. They would also suffer from the lack of water that is going to get worse in some areas like the Southern part of Africa. Finally, the multiplication of extreme weather events will also be profoundly disruptive. But, meanwhile, population growth will continue and this will necessarily lead to a lower food availability. On average, this will mean that the amount of available food per person will decrease by 3.2 %, which represents 99 kilocalories a day. The decrease of fruit and vegetable intake will be especially pronounced, with a 4% reduction. This decrease will inevitably bring about malnutrition and hundreds of thousands of deaths.

(500,000 will die by 2050 from reduced food availability if we don't stop global warming)


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