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  •  Good question, but keeping farms that (0+ / 0-)

    small can limit potential. Right?

    Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. -Martin Luther

    by the fan man on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 04:51:52 PM PST

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    •  It makes it much less economic to use (0+ / 0-)

      engine-driven equipment.  Hand work or an ox or water buffalo makes more sense on such a small farm.  In a densely populated country small farms are better.  

      Renewable energy brings national global security.     

      by Calamity Jean on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 02:55:12 PM PST

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      •  How small? How much money to make a living? (0+ / 0-)

        Are these subsistence farms or surplus farms? Do they count on money derived from farming to make ends meet? What happens if more than one child's family wants to stay on the land?
        I'm a small farm advocate, but there are limits to that advocacy. I understand why India created such a law, and I imagine there are many ways around it.

        Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. -Martin Luther

        by the fan man on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 04:38:57 PM PST

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        •  The quote that started the diary says (0+ / 0-)

          a farmer grew "22.4 tonnes of rice on one hectare of land", so the farm clearly feeds more than the farmer's family.  Obviously the farmer intends to sell most of that rice and use the money to buy other things.  

          What happens if more than one child's family wants to stay on the land?    
          That's a tough one.  I don't know.  

          Renewable energy brings national global security.     

          by Calamity Jean on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 09:00:23 PM PST

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          •  Sorry CJ, I was thinking more universally, not (1+ / 0-)
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            re this method of rice production. The sibling issue is important, cities or rural industries have to be able to provide work. When two families divide the pot, it's not good.

            Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. -Martin Luther

            by the fan man on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 07:44:24 AM PST

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