In agriculture, as in all technologies, there are always trade-offs to be made. Specializing in one crop may risk disaster if changes in weather or increases in pest populations wipe out that crop. Also, the soil may be exhausted of some nutrients, which can be replenished by rotating the right crops.
For Grades: 9-12
Learning Goal 3a
Agricultural technology requires trade-offs between increased production and environmental harm and between efficient production and social values.