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    ...to hear you expand further on this comment.  Can you tell me more of your thoughts on specific agricultural approaches in response to climate change?  Or, better yet...a diary?

    Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

    by WarrenS on Fri May 10, 2013 at 07:26:00 PM PDT

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    •  I'm not a "pro" although I am/was (1+ / 0-)
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      a gardener - so a diary is probably reaching.  However, the first thing we have to get off of is the Nixonian version of farm subsidies - paying per acre to the landowner(s) for land dedicated to corn, soy, rice, wheat, and cotton which after a couple of agri real estate "bubbles" means billions of tax dollars are going to corporate CEOs and diddly squat is going to actual farmers (and nothing at all to farmers who produce fruits and vegetables).  That will solve a myriad of environmental AND economic ills right there.  We'd best start thinking of diverting the flood waters over the farm fields prior to planting - that has historically been the source of new and fertile top soil.  Modern American methods just don't work with the natural system and we need to get over that.  As to what crops to grow - most things have shorter and longer season varieties, we're going to have to move to the shorter season.  We're also going to have to move to a different style of farming - adapting techniques like "Square Foot Gardening" for commercial production, using drip irrigation in many/most places and so forth.  Most of these techniques are not currently used because they require too much human interaction and can't be done by mongo-huge machines.    Probably we'll end up with a hybrid - more people and small machines, but still machines, not the extremist idea of back to pre-industrial serfdom (not that we don't still have a certain amount of that - ask any migrant farm worker).   It's one more situation of "we can do it, will we?"

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