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Construct a case both for and against Intensive Farming.

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´╗┐Biology Homework: Construct a case both for and against Intensive Farming. Intensive Farming means trying to produce as much food as possible from a piece of land, animals and plants. Farmers can do this in different ways, each having their own benefits and drawbacks, making Intensive Farming a very controversial topic, and to begin with, I will explain some of the benefits of Intensive Farming. The following methods all involve reducing the energy losses that happen at each stage in a food chain, which makes the transfer of energy between organisms in a food chain more efficient. ...read more.


This saves them wasting energy as they move around, and stops them using up so much energy keeping warm. Furthermore, Intensive Farming allows us to produce a lot of food from less and less land, which means a huge variety of top quality foods all year round at cheap prices, allowing both richer people and poorer people to have a balanced diet. I will now go on to explain the drawbacks. Although Intensive Farming methods are efficient, they sometimes raise ethical dilemmas because they can damage the world we live in, making it polluted, unattractive and devoid of wildlife. ...read more.


4) Lots of people think that Intensive Farming of animals such as battery-hens is cruel because they have very little space or freedom to move around. To conclude my case, I will explain the advantages and disadvantages of Hydroponics, a method of Intensive Farming where plants are grown in nutrient solutions (water and fertilisers) instead of in soil. Hydroponics is often used to grow glasshouse tomatoes on a commercial scale, as well as to grow plants in areas with barren soil. Moreover, the advantages of Hydroponics are: that mineral levels can be controlled more accurately; and diseases can be controlled more effectively, and the disadvantages are: that lots of fertilisers need to be added; and there is no soil to anchor the roots and support the plants. By Josh Barnett ...read more.

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