Social Consequences of Agricultural Society

Agriculture is a great way to maintain a steady diet of food but it also leads to many problems and difficulties. These difficulties affect what happens to the civilizations. The problems include pollution, disease, overpopulation, dependency on the weather, the have and have nots, security problems, and war. Each one intertwines and leads to the next.

Each one of these problems has been around forever. Pollution became a huge problem and is still one today. There are so many things that cause it, but at
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this time the main reason was animals and human waste. When the animals went to the bathroom their waste wasn’t cleaned up and polluted the sounding areas. The big problem is that humans have waste and don’t have a way to get rid of it. There was no running water so their only option was to dump it out. There was no way to get rid of it in a sanitary fashion and animals contributed to that. Today, cars and industries add pollution to the air that impact our lifestyle.

Disease is a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects an exact location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury. Civilizations would domesticate animals to make their work easier. They didn’t have a sanitary place to live, so it was always dirty. When the animals died they didn’t do anything with them and let them rot. This contributed to the spread disease. One benefit of domestication was that people who lived with animals for hundred of years also shared their germs and over time become immune to some animal diseases that people who did not domesticate animals would die from.

When will it stop?
When will it stop?

Overpopulation is when there is a population that has too large of a population in a specific place or given area. Once civilizations started to use animals and farm, they moved around less and build permanent settlements. Population increased as they had more children to work in the field. This is a problem because too many people in one place will make a place too crowded and resources become a problem. A big problem about this is when there is a weather disaster it can wipe out many people at one time or wipe out the food supply and led to many deaths.

Dependency on the weather can be disastrous. Another thing that it does is kill crops. You never are able to tell if it is going to be really warm, cold, or rainy. If the weather is not the right condition, it can ruin the crops. When it destroys people and their belongings you don’t have what you need, so they need to take it from others if they will be able to survive.

Can you see it?
Can you see it?
Have and have-nots was a big problem in the agricultural society because it developed a hierarchy. Some people had more or a surplus. That means someone had to have a little because there is only so much, this is called scarcity. The people that didn’t have a lot of food would become jealous and try to find a way to get some of the food the other people had. Some people tried to just take what other people had.

Agriculture brought security problems meaning that people would try to steal some of what the others had. So, if one person had a lot of crops and other
Are you Secure?
Are you Secure?
goods that means that another has less and wants to take what the other has. The haves had to fight back and not let the poor people steal from what they have. They had to either put up systems like a type of door with a lock or a fence to limit how much was being stolen. When the people started to fight back that also caused problems like fighting for more of the goods.

Agriculture is a great thing that impacts us everyday but like all great things it has it’s downfalls like the ones described above. Agriculture provides a steady diet of food and a secondary food source. If it weren’t for the agriculture we might not exist here today.


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Created by Sam on June 8, 2008