Problem

Inadequate farm crop diversity

Other Names:
Monoculture of crops
Single crop farming
Insufficient polyculture
Nature:

Monocultures are highly unstable and unsustainable systems that spread not because they produce more food but because they produce more control.

Claim:

The mindset that assumes that monocultures are essential for solving problems of scarcity underlies programmes such as World Bank-financed schemes that replace diverse natural forests with pine or eucalyptus plantations, and turn diversified farms into monocultures of "miracle" wheat or rice.

Counter Claim:

Mechanized agriculture has made broadscale farming of single crops very efficient. The advantages for disease and pest management afforded by small-scale intermixed crops have been offset by chemical pesticides.

Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
21.08.2016 – 11:44 CEST