Loc: Sunnyvale, CA mostly
Well, much as I like technology and science, with 2/3 of the world's food produced primitively on infertile land, there's not exactly a food production crisis argument for agribusiness.
Agribusiness only concerns itself with yield, anyway, and not quality. For example, California (major food supplier) soil is very weird and unique in that it has no manganese, a pretty essential micronutrient. However, manganese supplementation doesn't translate into yield, so it doesn't happen - It's nonessential.
So, if you eat a lot of California origined food, I hope you get some manganese every now and then.
A lot of agribusiness food is pretty nutritionally hollow, but there's lots of it and it looks pretty.
from what I understand what is generally called "organic" can run over a very wide area of produce. Some of what the ag-dealer is saying is that if we had complete "organic" produce we would not be as productive as we are. The bit about the GPS is lame. He writes as if using GPS is against "organic" techniques. All GPS does is help make the chemical application more precise and accurate. That is a good thing.
Also it was mentioned that the writer thinks lots of people would lilke to be farmers and but not farm laborers. What do they think that Farmers do, for cripes sake. They work hard and with out any technology, which the writer thinks is a bane, they would have to work that much harder. Kids too. Farming working under the laws agains using underage workers is that much harder. And those farmers, not just the laborers, work for low wages.
AS for modern farming making the ground sterile, that is bull hockey. They still use Bull hockey for that matter but farmers have been using crop rotation for centuries. Of course, some more than others.
Does the writer really think he would rather live in an area where everyone has his own small farm/garden and running a few head of cattle and pigs and chickens also. Has he really though this through. Oh... The question has been answered.
As far as my using correct grammar in all that I write. sure I don't and I don't really care.
There are 10 kinds of people. Those that understand binary and those that don't.
Soil is material capable of supporting plant life. Soil forms through a variety of soil formation processes, and includes weathered rock "parent material" combined with dead and living organic matter and air. Soils are vital to all life on Earth because they support the growth of plants, which supply food and oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide and nitrogen.
Dirt is soil which has been depleted of the characteristics which give it the ability to support plant life.
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It is a pity that Latin has become such an exotic subject, because it helps understanding other languages.
Katrina (14) - who three years ago, didn't speak a word of German - now reads and enjoys(!!) Goethe and Schiller, has also had two years of Spanish (will be five, by the way she's done) and this year added Latin as a third language. Since then, she tells me, even her English has improved, because, finally!, she understands her own native grammar.
Amazing, how much such a "dead language" has to offer, eh?
"Humor ist, wenn man trotzdem lacht" (Humour means laughing despite of it)
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