Modern Problems Essay: Agricultural Land

Dec 7

Period 5/6 Señor Denby



Across the globe, the population is growing, and all of the people need food. Food is one of the most important necessities of a human, but sustainable places to grow the food are decreasing as we consume more. Now, 80% off all of the sustainable cropland is in use. Soon, we will run out, because of the food demand. Dickson Despommier, a professor of microbiology and public health, is an expert at this topic, and HE found an interesting solution: vertical farming. Vertical farming is a simple solution to a very complex problem that can be used anywhere.

Since we use up too much land to fit our food demands, (according to Dickson Despommier, 80% of all sustainable farmland is used.) we are running out. If one farmland gets un-sustainable, people who depend on that food source will have to rely on another source. This has happened in the past, and it is happening in the present as well. In Thailand, the flooding affected most of the crops causing THAILAND made food shortage. (Meaning shortage of food made in Thailand) We can get crops from other places, but some depend on the crops. These shortages may lead to GLOBAL shortage when most of the cropland becomes un-sustainable. This leads to possible future effects.

We had a cause, and had problems in the present. It is not over yet. We STILL have problems yet to face in the future, if we do not solve it now. According to Dickson Despommier, we are using up 80% of all of the sustainable farmland. This means that in order to fit our daily food demand, we will soon be using up 100%, and later on, food production will decrease rapidly, because of the lack of agricultural land. This land shortage may lead us to violence, when people do not have food or land.

Now comes an important question. Where are places that are affected now, or are going to be affected? According to the National Geographic, most of the world’s land is pasture, leaving little for agriculture. Places like China where there is an ever-growing population but little farmland are borrowing (stealing) land from places that are in need of food to fit ONLY their own demands. Also, places that have fast growing population will be having problems in the future. Qatar might have a major problem because of being one of the smallest countries, but having the fastest population growth. They must provide space to live as well as space to grow food.

According to Dickson Despommier, this problem MUST be solved now in order to stop the future effects from happening. If we do this now, we will not have to panic or have to deal with the problem when the problem is at the maximum.  Also, we will avoid facing wars and protests when some places run out if food. We need to solve it now.

The most ingenious solution is by Dickson Despommier, which is vertical farming. This means that they make a hydroponics farm inside a building, which saves space, energy, and water. We may think that this wastes water, but a purifier at the bottom of the building purifies the water so that the water used can be re-used. They also can produce their own energy by using solar energy.

Works Cited
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Despommier, Dickson D. “Op-Ed Contributor – A Farm on Every Floor –” The New York Times – Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. New York Times, 30 Nov. 2011. Web. 24 Aug. 2009. <>.
Despommier, Dickson. “Growing Skyscrapers: The Rise of Vertical Farms: Scientific American.” Science News, Articles and Information | Scientific American. Scientific American. Web. 30 Nov. 2011. <>.
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