Vegetable farming is simply the growing of vegetables as a form of food. The process by which this occurs may be long or short, depending upon the species of the plants being grown and the soil in which they are growing. The process likely began in many parts of the globe over a decade ago, beginning with rural families growing vegetables either for their own consumption or for trading locally. Today, most individuals grow their own vegetables, often using various techniques.
One of the first and probably most obvious advantages of vegetable farming are its contribution to reducing global poverty. It is widely believed that close to seventy percent of the world’s poor live in areas where it is commercially grown. In developing countries, the impact of this practice can be seen in the efforts to improve food access. In some areas, efforts are underway to introduce more sustainable practices so that the current levels of malnutrition and poverty do not rise again. This is an important issue that has been argued on for a long time. However, even if efforts were not fully implemented throughout the globe, the impact would still go a long way towards reducing poverty.
Another benefit that we can see when we look at vegetable farming is its contribution to reducing the problems of air pollution and climate change. The impact of farmers using pesticides and other chemicals is well-known. These chemicals can have a variety of adverse effects on the health of humans, and a significant proportion of these effects are considered to be cancer-causing agents. However, farmers who employ modern technologies have found a way to address this problem, reducing the risk of their products being contaminated by such chemicals by as much as ninety percent. These practices have been adopted not only by farmers but by retailers as well.
As regards the effects of global warming, there has been much debate on the impact it will have upon food markets in the future. However, there is little evidence to suggest that vegetable cultivation and farming will have a negative impact on food prices in the near future. In fact, both the volume of agricultural production and the methods used to increase yield have steadily increased over the past decade or so, allowing more produce to be produced for the market.
As a final example of the positive benefits of vegetable farming, it must also be mentioned that improved farming methods allow farmers to get more out of their agricultural inputs. The development of soil, water, and fertilizers has meant that farmers are able to use more of what nature provides them, resulting in a better yield of fruits and vegetables on a smaller piece of land. This has led to an increase in the volume of agricultural goods available to consumers. The competitiveness of agricultural products has also helped to increase consumer spending power, as lower prices to help people save money. As food prices remain relatively high, many households are looking for ways to save.
One important concept to consider when evaluating the costs and benefits of vegetable farming is that of the “net return” to the investor. The net return includes the value of all benefits from the investment, but does not take into account any negative effects of planting and growing crops. This means that the investor must consider not just the direct monetary benefits from the investment, but the indirect benefits from having a smallholder owning and managing their smallholder’s enterprise. It is impossible to determine exactly how many of these benefits will be realized in the future, but it is reasonable to assume that most of them will be realized at some point in the future. By investing in a smallholder enterprise, the smallholder is taking a proactive step towards improving the conditions of the soil, air, and water on which their food crops grow, and in return they expect a return on their investment in that area.