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  •  Screw GMO's (1+ / 0-)
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    mem from somerville

    But not because they're bad. No, they're actually awesome. But they won't be enough for our future. Given current trends in population and the likelihood of coming water shortages traditional concepts of farming are going to be inadequate to provide the demand for food and energy in the not too distant future. We're going to have to go straight to producing food in high density, almost water free ways. Large vats using bacteria and yeast (though genetically modified I'm sure) to create pastes that will feed humanity. Luxury items like fresh orange juice or a garden salad will be the purview of the rich.

    I have a purpose in life, I am my cat's doorman.

    by ontheleftcoast on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 08:27:01 AM PST

    •  Freshly squeezed orange juice? (0+ / 0-)

      Are you kidding?  I haven't tasted such sweet ambrosia in years.

      We meant to do better, but it came out as always. -- Viktor Chernomyrdin

      by pontechango on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 08:32:22 AM PST

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      •  And the way things are going you might never (0+ / 0-)

        again. We're going to have to have a major breakthrough in energy (probably pB11 fusion) or we're going to be living with cornucopic vats producing practically everything we consume. There is another alternative: a massive die-off of humanity. If we do nothing that will be the future. It's also possible if we do everything it will still happen. Have a nice day.

        I have a purpose in life, I am my cat's doorman.

        by ontheleftcoast on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 08:43:18 AM PST

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    •  I grow vegetables in my yard (2+ / 0-)
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      mint julep, Leo in NJ

      and while southern NH may be a bit cold now for oranges, probably within a decade, I'll bet I can grow them, too.


      •  Same here in the mountains of WA (1+ / 0-)
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        Leo in NJ

        But while I can do it now with increasing rainfall likely it could soon be come too wet to raise veggies. Last year was so wet we got crappy yields out of most of our garden. You could wind up with significantly decreased water availability. That's the problem with climate change, it's not a simple "it'll get warmer" it's actually a whole lot of "hang on Ernie! it's going to be a bumpy ride!"

        I have a purpose in life, I am my cat's doorman.

        by ontheleftcoast on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 09:54:46 AM PST

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        •  Well, grow rice instead. (1+ / 0-)
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          mint julep

          Farmers adapt - you plant different types of veggies, or grains or fruit, what ever works. Trick is staying ahead of the curve, so you don't have those crappy yields.

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