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    Poor clay soil tends to compact and there's a lot of immediate run-off, very little rain soaks in. Poor sandy soil the water drops quickly to the water table, little is retained near the surface.

    Anyway, I agree that it's really not a practical solution for farmers living on $2 per year, or whatever the current figure is. They'd probably be better served by building compost worm beds and turning kitchen waste, stalks and leaves into worm castings, and then working that into the soil. Gardening, rather than "agriculture."

    And the only technology needed for a worm bed is some kind of shovel or hoe, the requisite knowledge, and a few worms to get things started. Of course, you have to make sure there's not some worm predator in the soil that will eat all the compost worms.  

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    by Orinoco on Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 07:00:03 PM PDT

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      that's a lot of where I was coming from with this - $15 for a plastic thing for a tree, and maybe it will rot after several years?

      We're Americans; we're not used to thinking about living on $2 a month (that's probably a more realistic figure).

      I want the world to change in a way that frees people from being dependent on technology that is controlled by the corporations.

      That means, no more new plastic stuff.

      What it does NOT mean is no more science.

      The best thing we can do for the less fortunate people in the world, is to teach them how biology and physics work. To assume that we need to teach them about how people work is so much hubris.

      Technology should be about understanding science and gently manipulating the environment within the context of this understanding.

      We are smart critters. We can learn to understand science without messing with everything so much.

      If we'd just give ourselves a chance to do it, I mean.


      "Virtues die, vices triumph, honesty perishes, pity is stifled, avarice pervades, confusion overwhelms, order vanishes." - Barbara Tuchman; A Distant Mirror

      by Miep on Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 07:25:49 PM PDT

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