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Monoculture Cultivation


With monoculture cultivation, land is used exclusively for the constant cultivation of a single crop—a practice that leaves soil depleted of nutrients and often requires synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and/or genetically modified crops for continued use.

Example of Monoculture Cultivation:

The Dustbowl tragedy in the 1930s was partially caused by monoculture cultivation of cotton plants. During the winter season when cottons are not planted, the top soils were left bare, resulting in gradual soil erosion that causes dust storms.
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Did You Know?
If all of the cotton produced annually in the US were used to only make blue jeans, it would make 5 billion pairs.