monoculture

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noun mono·cul·ture \ˈmä-nə-ˌkəl-chər\

Definition of monoculture

  1. 1a :  the cultivation or growth of a single crop or organism especially on agricultural or forest landb :  a crop or a population of a single kind of organism grown on land in monoculturec :  growth consisting of a single crop, plant, or organism The plant forms a thick monoculture that cuts down on the variety of plants and birdlife in the marsh … — James Gorman

  2. 2 :  a culture dominated by a single element :  a prevailing culture marked by homogeneity

monocultural

play \ˌmä-nə-ˈkəlch-rəl, -ˈkəl-chə-\ adjective

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The Irish Potato Famine of 1845-49, which led to the deaths of over a million people, resulted from the monoculture of potatoes, which were destroyed by a terrible blight, leaving farmers nothing else to eat. Almost every traditional farming society has practiced crop rotation, the planting of different crops on a given piece of land from year to year, so as to keep the soil from losing its quality. But in the modern world, monoculture has become the rule on the largest commercial farms, where the same crop can be planted year after year by means of the intensive use of fertilizers. Modern monoculture has produced huge crops; on a large scale, it permits great efficiency in planting, pest control, and harvesting. But many experts believe this all comes at a huge cost to the environment.

1901

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1901


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