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Civilization began with agriculture, and though humanity has  changed significantly, agriculture still remains very  important. In certain countries, its significance is more  obvious, but the reality is that every country in the world  depends on agriculture for one thing or another. Here are  some reasons why agriculture is important: 

It’s the main source of raw materials: Many raw materials,  whether it’s cotton, sugar, wood, or palm oil, come from agriculture.  These materials are essential to major industries in ways many  people aren’t even aware of, such as the manufacturing of  pharmaceuticals, diesel fuel, plastic, and more. In fact, raw materials  are so important in production that the economic health of a country  strongly depends on how many raw materials it possesses. 

It’s important to international trade: Raw materials from  agriculture make up a huge portion of what’s traded internationally.  Countries with plenty of those supplies export them and trade for  materials they don’t have. If a country’s agriculture suffers for some  reason, prices can go up and it disrupts the flow of trade. Currently,  the EU is the first trader of agricultural products in the world, both  for imports and exports.

It’s crucial to a country’s development: Economic development  is tied to a country’s agriculture sector. When trade, national  revenue, and employment are combined in a positive way, a country  enjoys reduced poverty and boosted economic growth. Because  strong agriculture results in benefits fairly quickly, focusing on it is  one of the best ways to speed up development and improve a  country’s standing in the world. 

It’s the source of our food supply: Arguably the most important  aspect of agriculture is that it’s the source of the world’s food supply.  No matter where or what you are eating, the ingredients in your  meals came from somewhere. All roads lead to agriculture. In  countries dealing with food insecurity and severe malnourishment,  it’s because their agriculture sectors are suffering. When agriculture  thrives, fewer people go hungry. 

The state of agriculture reflects our future: When it comes to  pollution and climate change, the environment and agriculture suffer  the quickest and with the clearest consequences. If effective changes  aren’t made, climate change’s impact on agriculture will decimate a 

country’s economy and eventually wipe out the food supply. To get a  better idea about where humanity is going to end up, look at  agriculture. What’s being done to adapt to a rapidly-changing  climate? What will our food supply look like? The state of agriculture  is a good litmus test of what we can expect the future to look like. 

It can help heal the environment: Agriculture possesses the  power to harm or heal. When farmers prioritize biodiversity on their  land, it benefits the earth. Having more biodiversity results in  healthier soil, less erosion, better water conservation, and healthier  pollinators. This is all good news for the environment as a whole,  making agriculture an important part of the cycle of life. 

And by using the resources and connections provided by’s Agriculture section, even the normal man can  start a farm, for his own needs, for the needs for his locality,  or even his city.

So what are you waiting for? In a time when everyone is  flocking for jobs in every other sector other than agriculture,  capitalize on the freedom to approach this sector with a  completely new mind set, and have the ability to be a  provider.

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