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Plantation Farming

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Emily Flitcraft

on 26 March 2013

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What do you think? Emily- I think that plantation farming is both better and worse than other forms of farming, for different reasons. Plantation farming is good because it creates a lot of a single cash crop that I use in my everyday life. It also creates jobs for locals, which is a good thing. But I don’t approve of the deforestation and the destruction of habitat. I doubt that there are very many regulations that the companies have to follow because they are growing the crops in a different country, most likely third world. I can’t think of a better way of growing them though. To save the soil, you would have to rotate the crops, but this would mean you need more land. More land means more deforestation, which isn’t what I want either. Is there really an environmentally safe way of mass producing crops? History/Background Plantation Farming Pros Movement into the Future Trends/Issues Emissions from the machinery and processing plants Wes- I think that the... Irene- I think that plantation farming is a good thing because when the farms are larger, that means there is going to be more work needed. The system for plantation farming is used with ‘Cash Crops’ which means they sell the plants that they crop for money. Meaning that the workers have more work since the land is much larger, and they get payed better. Plantations are very large agricultural estates covering land from only a few hect-acres to thousands of hect-acres. Mass produce one single cash crop, grown in tropical climates, exported to developed countries like the U.S. Most plantations are developed by large multinational companies Very labour intensive, usually employ many local workers that are underpaid. Plantations are highly organized, in order to be cost efficient cultivating, picking, and processing. Coffee, bananas, cocoa, tea, sugar cane, tobacco, rubber, palm oil, etc. Cons Improved infrastructure
-roads/railways Provides a large amount of jobs for the locals
-increases standard of living Exports earn large amounts of foreign exchange Better provisions of electricity and water for the workers Have to import other crops that they cannot grow themselves Local workers are paid low wages and often exploited Most all of the profit is invested in the multinational corporations Soil erosion and decline in soil fertility Loss of habitat through expansion of plantation areas
-deforestation Instead of plantations being on homeowner’s land, they are becoming more industrialized and are in turn larger more prosperous facilities. Plantations in the past were almost exclusively made up of a singular crop, especially in the south where tobacco brought in the most profit. But now, they have evolved into areas where various types of crops are grown, in order to maximize profit. Some of the largest plantations found in...Thailand, Kenya, Nigeria, and Zaire. Payday may not come for several years, but when it does come it is a very profitable amount. Works CitedBanana Farming. New Vision. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2013. <http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/315008-fresh-fruits-export-has-done-the-magic-for-kanyije.html>.Bananas. Blogspot. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2013. <http://ianandrenate.blogspot.com/2011_08_01_archive.html>.Britannica Encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2013. <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/463409/plantation>.China Farming. 123rf. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2013. <http://www.123rf.com/photo_8471804_farming-in-china-plantation-of-green-vegetables-in-yueyang-hunan-province.html>.Deforestation. Farmland Grab. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2013. <http://farmlandgrab.org/13696>."Happy Workers." Hope Companions. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2013. <http://www.hopecompanions.org/tubehoneza-group-starts-a-cassava-plantation/>.Happy Working Girl. Fair Trade. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2013. <http://www.fairtrade.ie/resources/image_library.html>.Learn Premium. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2013. <http://teachers.guardian.co.uk/Guardian_RootRepository/Saras/ContentPackaging/UploadRepository/learnpremium/Lesson/learnpremium/geogra~00/keysta~06/thehum~00/farming/planta~00/whatis~00/default.htm>.Man Carrying Bucket. Common Dreams. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2013. <http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1228-05.htm>.Modern Farming. Bolgspot. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2013. <http://cookingmummy.blogspot.com/2008/12/rustic-travel-with-strawberries-farms.html>.Nigerian Workers. Naijaintellect. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2013. <http://naijaintellect.wordpress.com/tag/agriculture/>.Slaves. Elow Country. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2013. <http://www.elowcountry.com/blog/index.php/2012/01/>.Soil Erosion. Eguessed. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2013. <http://egusssd.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/citrus_3.jpg>.Tea Farming. Adventurocity. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2013. <http://www.adventurocity.com/articles/taiwan>.Think Quest. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2013. <http://library.thinkquest.org/26634/forest/farming/plantation.htm>.
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