What Are Some Advantages and Disadvantages of Commercial Farming?

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One of the advantages of commercial farming is that it significantly increases food production, allowing local consumers to buy the same quantity of food for a lower price. Intensive commercial farming, however, uses various kinds of fertilizers and pesticides, posing a threat to ecosystems.

Commercial agriculture in developing countries often benefits the communities. It aids in improving the infrastructure, such as roads and railways, and increases the standard of living by providing jobs to local workers. They are not always paid fairly, however, as many multinational companies take advantage of the system and monopolize most of the profits. Commercial agriculture also interferes with the ecosystem, as natural rainforests are destroyed and cleared to serve as farmlands for cash crops.