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  •  But I have read that even those soils can (3+ / 0-)
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    be converted without irrigation. Have forgotten where I read it, they experiment with such in the middle East and desert-like areas in Northern Africa. And you can get it done one little spot after the next just by a certain way to collect the little bit of rain water in ways that serve as reservoirs aside from little soil elevations in which you plant a couple of plants. Can take several years but it can be done.

    •  shouldn't be done, mimi, on industrial scale (2+ / 0-)
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      that depletes irreplaceable aquifers and desertifies more land.

      We need to stop thinking on industrial-scale levels in all our agriculture.
      The things we do to make it easier for big equipment and monoculture are bad for our land, our water, our wildlife, and the quality, not to mention quantity, of our food.

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      by BlackSheep1 on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 09:56:24 PM PDT

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      •  no, I wasn't thinking about that at all, I (1+ / 0-)
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        expressed myself badly.

        Look at the Green Gold documentary below, the video that shows how Chinese converted damaged eco-systems like washed out mountaineous land and what they did in Jordan with desertificated land.

        I have seen similar videos about re-greening arid land of much smaller scale in Africa, just can't dig for it right now. It was a long time ago. They had a special method which was amazingly simple, just never done before. It had all to do how to collect the rare rain water in a way that it stays in a small elevated plant bed area to serve as water reservoir to the plants. I never forgot it, because it was so amazing that it worked.

        Of course you wouldn't deplete the aquifers. Tell that first those landowners who allow corporations to drill for gas and frack the hell out of it using water like there is no tomorrow.

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