Intensive farming advantages and disadvantages

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Intensive farming advantages and disadvantages


  • Can produce more food from less land
  • More variety of food can be produced
  • Food can be produced all year round
  • The food can be sold at cheaper prices
  • It is not very labour intensive


  • Uses herbicides, which cause eutrophication
  • Uses pesticides, which can negatively affect food chains
  • People think intensive farming of animals is cruel (the animals have little space or freedom
  • Removal of trees and hedges to make fields destroys natural habitats and can also lead to soil errosion


Intensive farming is good, as it produces high crop yields and food that can be sold at cheaper prices, but it does use lots of damaging herbicides and pesticides, plus it raises ethical dilemmas in terms of animal welfare


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