Farming and GMOs

There are several ways through which farmers are protecting the environment as they simply implement farming methods. Agfoundation (2015) explains that one such way is through crop rotation. This is the practice of planting different crops over the same parcel of land but on different seasons. This ensures that the nutrients in the soils are well preserved and retained and as a result protecting the environment. However, there is also need to emphasize that some farming practices can harm the environment. For instance, the constant use of chemicals in reference to fertilization can lead to water pollution. As these fertilizers are applied to ensure great crop yields, not all will be absorbed by the plants and when it rains, the water washes and carry them off to water bodies such as lakes and rivers thus contamination.

Genetically modified organisms have in some way changed the way we farm and feed. A lot has been said about GMOs to include its benefits and potential problems. According to Vaesa (2013), one benefit of GMOs is that the plants become pest and disease resistant thus high yields are often realized by farmers. On the downside, there is the potential problem of GMOs resulting to allergic reactions in human beings who consume the foods. This is as a result of combining genes from one plant to the other which leads to a reaction that can lead to allergies as the body is not accustomed to the newly formulated gene.

The debate as to whether GMOs should be fully adapted is a tricky one given the benefits and potential problems. However, on a personal note, I find pro-GMO to be more persuasive because of the food benefits we stand to gain. Ideally, the human population is growing at a faster rate than it can be sustained with the current food supply. GMOs offer the best solution in terms of improving our food supply on annual basis.

The Millennials

Introduction

There are vast differences, which exist among the millennia. The early millennia of 1980-2000 had a mental set-up where the thinking was restricted to the native country and the family while the modern millennia focuses on the entire world as the way of doing things has significantly changed (Goldstein 1). Thus, modern generation has to focus on adapting itself to the different generations since it has changed its lifestyle, mode of education, and communication.

Thesis Statement

The Millennial generation, born between 1980-2000, has been labeled lazy, self-absorbed and entitled by the older generations of men and women who came up through hard work, long hours and little recognition.  The differences between these generations is what make the millennials in fact a better generation though through their misunderstood values of independent thinking, tech savviness and acceptance of all peoples to name a few.  Millennials are in fact the best generation to become our newest leaders and policy setters of our time and older generations should be more accepting.

Changes in communication are evident. The past millennia communication was based on face-to-face interaction, which ensured that individuals could connect with each other easily. When people were at a distance, the communication involved physical visitation or sending letters. The current millennia have changed the format of communication where physical interaction is not important among the concerned parties. People are using the recent developments in technology to interact and link with one another directly (Goldstein 1). Social media plays a significant role in ensuring that the communication that endures in society is not that of physical interaction, but of Internet basis. In communities, it is common to find that individuals are using mobile phones on regular basis as a way of communicating and interacting with each other.

The parenting styles of the millennia have changed. Parents and guardians no longer have time for their children. They are busy in the workplace and now they opt to employ house helps to assist them in bringing up the children. Further, the millennia do not have an independent way of thinking. The adopted system is that of group-think. As such, individuals in the current generation lack creativity and focus on doing what others are doing in society. They are also highly engraved in the social media as a way of determining their lifestyles, social, and economic progress.

Lifestyles have changed. Individuals in the modern millennia do not like to have complex lifestyles. They focus on doing white collar jobs instead of the manual work, which involves engaging in extensive farming activities. Hence, the young in the current generation can sit down and enjoy as they await their parents to provide and support them (Goldstein 1). In contrast, the past millennia were characterized of a community of people who are hardworking to ensure that they make ends meet. These individuals strive to work hard to shape their future and provide for their families.

The field of education has also changed significantly in the modern millennia. As such, individuals cannot be employed or work until they achieve a specific education level. There are also numerous schools and educational opportunities, which can be pursued by individuals. Unfortunately, this was not the case in the past millennia where the availability of schools was limited. Also, individuals did not have to go to school and have higher levels of education in order to get work.

The differences in the millennia are experienced because of the changes in economic, social, political, and technological developments. As such, there are numerous transformations in the social, political, technological, and economic arena, which influence how individuals in the millennia behave. Such includes having policies, which dictate the behavior of people, the education level that individuals should attain so that they can be accepted as members of the community. The millennia grew alongside the digital technology and Internet developments. Such dictates how these people will take and appreciate technology in their life. Furthermore, the developments significantly influence the work preferences and lifestyles of the people. The millennia are socially minded and have an inclination to the economic, social, and political issues.

The society is constantly advocating for gender equality in the millennia generation (Patten and Fry 1). As such, there are several number of women that posses the bachelor’s degree as compared to the men. Such is viewed as the reversal from what was considered as the silent generation. Education gains have depicted a steady growth over the last half-century because there is a significant growth of women and men with a degree in bachelors. Nevertheless, the gain of women has being very significant over the duration.

The young women in the current generation are likely to be in the working class as compared to what was experienced in the silent generation. The shift in the working state of women was experienced as of early 1980s during the time of Boomers. For the Boomers, who were not employed were subjected to domestic activities. Gen Xers or the Millennial depict a population where women and men have equal treatment in society. Thus, both women and men are competing for the same job positions in society.

Economic developments have come with their own challenges. These include the crisis experienced in different regions (Patten and Fry 1). As such, the millennial are entering the job market under tough times. Hence, the current labor force is not motivated to engage in maximum production and better performance in the workplace. The situation becomes worse since these individuals have realized the negative consequences of the economy, which lead to the attainment of poor results in economic development.

The social perceptions on the institution of marriage have changed. As such, the current millennia are likely to be unmarried as compared to what was experienced by the past generation during the young age. The situation occurs since the current population does not value marriage as compared to other aspects of life that include wealth creation. Further, the space for building the homesteads is limited since modern generation has limited land, which they can use to establish homes.

Social stratification has emerged and individuals are now engraved in the evils of society (Patten and Fry 1). Hence, people are now ethnic and racial, which was not an aspect seen in the past generation. The problem develops in society as individuals engage in tough competition for the limited resources. There are also cases of immigration where people move to other nations to look for green pastures. The movement of people is triggered by the lack of equality in resources distribution. Hence, individuals have to move to areas where they believe that they will have a chance to access resources for their use in the families and productivity in the community.

Conclusion

In conclusion, there is significant difference among the millennia because of the social, political, economic, and technological developments. These influence the way of life and socialization aspect of the people. Further, the developments lead to the emergence of a new generation, which is founded on technological and social development living styles.

What I Miss Most about My 80s Childhood

My name is Mike and I’m a 80s child. When I look back on my childhood, I can’t help but feel nostalgic yet overwhelmed with joy, at the same time. Being a kid in the 80s was definitely fun – at the very least. Today’s youth are unaware of the sheer joy associated with the smacking of a plastic accessory, or all the valuable life lessons we have learned in after-school specials. To be frank, it makes me feel sorry for today’s youth whose focus is directed, almost entirely, on the virtual world.

I could say that the 1980s American pop culture really shaped my childhood, and the person I was about to become in adulthood. With that in mind, I’d like to highlight the main things that come to mind when I think of the past. If you’re a 80s child, you’ll definitely be on the same page with me.

  1. Butterfly in The Sky

This was mostly appealing to reading enthusiasts – including myself. Why is that? That’s because, thanks to Reading Rainbow, reading was conveyed as being cool. If you aren’t acquainted with Reading Rainbow, this was a show that contributed to defining a generation of book nerds.

Every episode would focus on the theme presented in a book, exploring the many facets of a story. In addition to that, the show gave useful recommendations regarding books children should read. Considering how great this show was, it comes as no surprise that it was one of the longest children’s series, alongside Sesame Street. I definitely miss it when it was cool for children to read – don’t you?

  1. Listening to a Walkman

If I were to tell a child that I would listen to music at a Walkman, I would be laughed at. It seems to be a pretty ancient device, especially in comparison with today’s iPhones and iPads. In fact, the first time I ever got a Walkman, it was such a great experience – it was as if I first sensed the very taste of freedom.

Fixing the foam-covered headphones onto my ears in the back seat of the car whilst going on a trip – this was, without a doubt, the best feeling ever. That was about the music I liked, and about spending time the way I wanted.

  1. The Art of Mix Tapes

Moving on, another thing that makes me nostalgic about the 80s is the mix tape. I am pretty saddened by the fact that cassette tapes are no longer a thing; CDs will be out in the foreseeable future, as well. It is pretty self-explanatory, though, due to the development of technology. However, this doesn’t make me miss mix tapes any less.

One of the best things about music is the feelings it makes you experience. Thanks to these feelings, you are intermittently connected to that piece of music, in a unique manner. Take a moment to think of your favorite songs: each song takes you to a particular moment in time; it makes you relive those specific feelings. And the reason why I was so keen on mixed tapes is that I could create an artistic audio letter – whether I would choose to give that tape to someone or to keep it for myself, it mirrored a part of me.

  1. Anne of The Green Gables Mini-series

While it’s true that many generations of children (and not only) have enjoyed Lucy Maud’s Montgomery’s series, the sense of excitement we experienced when the series were first released was memorable. It was the it thing everyone would talk about at the cafeteria; not to mention that most girls had a crush on Gilbert Blythe.

  1. Renting Movies from The Local Shop

I also miss going to the local shop for renting the perfect movie for the weekend. I loved that the some of the video stores were huge, whereas others were miniscule. I remember that, there were times in which I simply stumbled across some of my favorite movies ever. It was a mere enjoyment to walk through the shelves and explore the sea of titles – some that have been lying there forever, while the new in ones intrigued me.

In a sense, we could say that going to the local shop for renting a movie was a social experience. I never knew who I was going to encounter there; pretending to look extra casual when someone you knew entered the store.

Of course, there were also the times when my best friend and I would negotiate which would be our next rented movie. Oh boy – those negotiations lasted forever. It’s just a nice memory to look back on, which definitely makes me feel nostalgic.   

These are only some of the many things I miss about my 80s childhood. One thing I know for sure: it was a good one. Therefore, I can’t help but feel nostalgic whenever I think about the past. There are definitely other things that make me feel nostalgic, the ones above are just some of the many. I would be curious to know yours, if you care to share them with me!