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Agricultural pollution refers to the contaminants present in the environment as a result of agricultural practices. Most effects of agricultural pollution are felt in water environments and are caused by runoff from farms and barnyards such as ammonia, pesticides, fertilizers, oil toxins, and animal waste that make their way into bodies of water. Agricultural pollution also negatively affects the quality of air. Chemicals and byproducts from the agricultural industry are quite harmful to the natural environment and can pose a problem for humans as well. As the world’s population continues to grow at a significant rate the demand for intense agriculture will remain high, and so combating agricultural pollution will be increasingly difficult. With this in mind, several alternatives to industrial agriculture, with its polluting tendencies, have been explored and are being utilized today.

Pesticides used to kill insects that feed on crops can cause much damage to the environment if used inappropriately. Excessive pesticides remain in the soil after sprayings and are washed away by rain that forces them to be absorbed into groundwater. Avoiding pesticide contamination is a tricky process only feasible through careful containment practices. The same problem exists with the use of fertilizers. Excrements produced by cattle and other barnyard animals also cause pollution. The methane released from cow flatulence is also a type of greenhouse gas making it partly responsible for global warming. Emissions from the use of fossil fuels by tractors and other farm equipment used in agriculture also contribute to air pollution. Fires, which are not uncommon on farms, can be very detrimental to the environment if fertilizer or waste products are being burnt. The problem of agricultural pollution is not simply felt in regions in farming regions. Contaminates in rivers can be carried all the way to the ocean and polluted air can be blown to other areas with denser populations.

Agricultural pollution poses numerous human health problems. Chemicals that make their way into groundwater can eventually end up in water sources that are used for drinking. Blue baby syndrome, a disease that causes death in infants, is often caused by contaminated water. Pesticides released into the air and emissions from farm equipment cause difficulty breathing and a host of respiratory problems. Fertilizers, manure, waste, and ammonia that are present in water release nitrogen that reduces the amount of oxygen present resulting in the death of fish and other marine animals.

While industrial agriculture is the most efficient way to produce large quantities of food, the pollution associated with it raises many environmental and health concerns. In light of this, there has been a shift to organic farming which uses more natural ways to raise crops and livestock and avoids the use of harmful chemicals. The use of alternative crops that require less fertilizer because they are adapted to the environment in which they are grown also help to reduce agricultural pollution. However, the demand for cheaper and higher quantities of food as world population steadily rises will make changes in farming methods less likely and more difficult.

A amateur Video documentation of the an interdisciplinary study Tour of the Module “International land use system research” of the Joint Master degree in Sustainable International Agriculture of the Universities of Kassel and Göttingen.

A complete travel report has been published here:
http://www.ditsl.org/images/articles/docs/I07/i07_report_thailand-excursion_2013.pdf

1.Plant Production 0:34
1.1 Rice 00:58
1.2 Cassava 8:07
1.3 Floating Gardens 9:30
1.4 Pineapple 12:51
1.5 Orchards / Ornamentals 15:05
1.6 Coffee 18:50
1.7 Banana Solar Drying 19:56
1.8 Rubber 20:21
1.9 Sugar Cane 23:16
1.10 Palm Sugar 26:37
1.11 Oil Palm 32:47
1.12 Natural Park 44:52

2. Animal husbandry / Livestock farming 47:43
2.1 Swampland – Water-buffalo 47:52
2.2 Cattle 52:53
2.3 Milk Processing 57:05
2.4 Goats 59:35
2.5 Pigs 1:02:00
2.6 Poultry 1:02:45
2.7 Silk 1:03:55
2.8 Crocodile farming 1:06:16
2.9 Aquaculture 1:11:43

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A video for the UMass Sustainable Agriculture class.

California Colloquium on Water Speakers: Juliet Christian-Smith, Pacific Institute & Dr. David Zoldoske, CSU Fresno, Center for Irrigation Technology http://.

gets a first-hand look at what may be Ontario’s first drip irrigated corn field.

See what engineering and design elements make a Reinke irrigation system different than others. From the single-leg tower to the greatest variety of pipe mat.

This is one clip in a series of videos demonstrating how Silver Queen Farm, in Trumansburg, NY makes a living producing fruits and berries. This video is fro. “Agricultural Technology” “Agriculture Articles” “Agricultural Finance” “Agricultural Loans” Farms “Sustainable Agriculture” “Degree In Agriculture” “New Agricultural” “School Of Agriculture” “Agriculture israel” agriculture “department of agriculture” “agricultural engineering” “agriculture development” farming “organic, farming” horticulture, aquaculture agro tractors, tractor, livestock, http://www.youtube.com/user/AgriculturalTve2014 Follow Me!
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Copyright Vince Bucello 2009. This video shows the Riverina Agricultural area of Australia. It grows a broad range of fruits and vegetables. Produce is harve.

The story of agriculture in Australia – the greatest story never told. It’s our farmers that sustain our way of life and help ensure the economic well-being .

Australia’s farmers are among the most efficient in the world. This video shows the diversity and innovation of our agriculture, fisheries and forestry secto.

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