Plants and animals, the backbone of agriculture have been a part of the human experience since the beginning of our time on earth, it is held that our earliest ancestors lived as nomads, but as their population grew, providing everyone with food became increasingly difficult and their movement slowed by the growing group, they chose to settle and the earliest societies were formed. Agriculture was created by these our early ancestors as the means of providing for themselves, the main thing they could not do as nomads.
Agriculture represents a very important development in human history, considering the benefits agriculture and its products have brought us since then, it is arguable that we would have developed to this stage without our involvement in and development of agriculture.
The most important aspect of agriculture for us today carries on as it did with our ancient ancestors who began this practice, to provide food for the people. Food is a very important part of our societies, it is a basic need of every living thing, agriculture is particularly important because it is our main source of food supply. We see on the news violent protests by people whose nations are suffering food shortages and wonder……. how would we live if agriculture was not. Would it be possible to maintain law and order? Would our ‘mighty’ societies exist at all?
The agricultural industry is a key one in the development of any nation, it is the central industry of every developing nation as history shows, and almost all the developed nations today grew on the back of a solid agricultural industry. When enough is produced for the people it provides a strong and healthy human resource needed to work farms and create more products, eventually the supply becomes more than the demand and trade was created. Agriculture was an important influence in the creation of trade and money …….the backbone of civilization today.
Exporting/trading excess agricultural produce has been a crucial part of almost very economy in the world; today some developing nations depend on agriculture for over 50% of their annual revenue.
A developed agricultural sector can directly employ a large number of people, the art of agriculture has tremendously developed today, indirectly it creates more jobs for more people by supplying industries with the necessary raw materials they need for production.
Agriculture itself is a science, but science has influenced agriculture as much as agriculture has influenced science. Agriculture has provided materials and direction for many researchers, in turn researchers have discovered vital information about agriculture that have changed the scale and output of agriculture such as the invention of farming technology for mass production, the invention of pesticides and enriched fertilizers and more. Through agriculture we have learnt so much about our environment…. plants, animals, soil, climate, seasons and more. We are able to control and care for the food we eat and ensure it is properly cultivated and non lethal.
For many nations agriculture has been the basis of development , it is the same today, every nation wishing to develop must develop a chain of interdependent and sustainable industries, the agricultural industry is the back bone of them all.