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This vs. That: Traditional and Modern Farming

Farming has developed immensely over the past centuries, meaning tools, techniques, and practices have changed drastically. Today we explore the differences between traditional farming and modern farming in order to see how we have evolved!


Traditional farming relied heavily on man and animal power, and did not use artificial fertilizers or pesticides. Farms also produced produce for smaller groups and did not yield huge amounts of produce. Though the amounts were small, the quality of those crops was very high. Traditional famers were able to use non-synthetic methods for control their pests and were not as affected by surprise weather changes, which is a problem many farmers face today. Older practices needed a lot more man power, and at times, animal power. Farmers worked incredibly hard and the job was very physically demanding. Though this is true today as well, technology has relieved the farmer of a lot of these duties. These jobs were also incredibly difficult on the animals, such as horses and donkeys, which contributed a lot to the farms.


Modern farming is a lot less demanding in terms of human labour and is more efficient. Due to the technological advances over the past decades, farmers have been able to rely on their machines a lot more, which takes the load off of them and their workers. This also leads to more efficient farming because the technology allows the farmer to be consistent and allow his fields all that they need in order to thrive. Modern agriculture also produces higher amounts of product and is more consistent with the products created. Technology is allowing farmers to create more sustainable farms and is helping the agriculture industry move to a place where they are producing enough food for the entire world, but are also doing so in a way that supports the environment.

Agriculture has had a big shift away from man and animal power to technology, and has also shifted the amount of produce and the way they are harvested. As we continue to move forward, it becomes intriguing to see how technology will further advance agriculture towards a more sustainable future.