On your next trip to the grocery store, spend a moment and think about how the food got there and what fine balance must have been achieved to meet our expectation to have food on demand. What if the items you habitually put in your cart were no longer available?
It becomes clear rather quickly that changes to the environment, plants, and animals are already having a massive effect on the availability, quality, and price of food. Now, consider the fact that more than two billion people, roughly one third of the world’s population, live on a budget of two dollars per day. Clearly, a systemic and honest appraisal of the environment and agriculture is necessary. Unfortunately, solutions to these complex problems are not easily identifiable and, often times, even more difficult to implement. There are numerous political implications behind any decision made about agricultural or environmental issues. Politicians try to balance the needs of the economy and the earth. Despite the political considerations, the humanitarian questions addressed by this field hit very close to home.
If you think it’s important to have food (which you most likely do), then you should also value the devotion to life and agricultural sciences and be glad that some find the study of such to be their life’s work.
Life and Agriculture Sciences harnesses the knowledge and research of the hard sciences to meet the immediate needs of people and the ecosystem we inhabit. Ignoring inquiry into this field could result in unsettling results such as global famine. However, if one endeavors to pursue life and agriculture sciences they gain the potential to unlock great improvements in quality of life and our stewardship of the earth. We can achieve homeostasis with our environment while increasing life expectancy.