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Re: Places becoming less livable
« Reply #1200 on: February 24, 2021, 05:43:17 PM »
New evidence shows fertile soil gone from Midwestern farms

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a third of all cropland in that region had lost its topsoil

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« Reply #1201 on: February 24, 2021, 08:20:50 PM »
New evidence shows fertile soil gone from Midwestern farms

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a third of all cropland in that region had lost its topsoil

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2021/02/24/npr-new-evidence-shows-fertile-soil-gone-from-midwestern-farms

It is not just that the topsoil is gone but the soil that does exist is dead soil. Due to the use of herbicides and pesticides the soil microbiome is destroyed.

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« Reply #1202 on: February 24, 2021, 10:51:40 PM »
New evidence shows fertile soil gone from Midwestern farms

It is not just that the topsoil is gone but the soil that does exist is dead soil. Due to the use of herbicides and pesticides the soil microbiome is destroyed.

Good news is: the soil microbiome can be quite quickly restored by regenerative agriculture, and places could become more liveable!

better soil, better food, better place

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« Reply #1203 on: February 25, 2021, 12:17:16 AM »
New evidence shows fertile soil gone from Midwestern farms

It is not just that the topsoil is gone but the soil that does exist is dead soil. Due to the use of herbicides and pesticides the soil microbiome is destroyed.

Good news is: the soil microbiome can be quite quickly restored by regenerative agriculture, and places could become more liveable!

better soil, better food, better place


Let me know how those conversations you with ADM go regarding monocropping and genetically modified corn that is able to withstand higher applications of herbicides.

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Re: Places becoming less livable
« Reply #1204 on: February 25, 2021, 01:22:00 AM »
Re:  the soil that does exist is dead soil

Yes. I have travel extensively in the midwest, and on occasion i walk over to the edge of a field and grab a handful of soil. Not a thing lives in in it, it is dead, dead, dead. Even when the soil is beautiful black, as in parts of Iowa, or indiana, or illinois.

When they spray the fields for potatoes, unprotected humans are not allowed in the fields for three days.

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« Reply #1205 on: February 25, 2021, 06:33:20 PM »
Re:  the soil that does exist is dead soil

Yes. I have travel extensively in the midwest, and on occasion i walk over to the edge of a field and grab a handful of soil. Not a thing lives in in it, it is dead, dead, dead. Even when the soil is beautiful black, as in parts of Iowa, or indiana, or illinois.

When they spray the fields for potatoes, unprotected humans are not allowed in the fields for three days.

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If the soil is truly in that bad of shape, why are agricultural yields still rising? 

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« Reply #1206 on: February 26, 2021, 02:07:48 PM »
Is it? It is hard to tell because every year is different weather wise. Next time add a link.
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« Reply #1207 on: February 26, 2021, 03:05:17 PM »
Re:  the soil that does exist is dead soil

Yes. I have travel extensively in the midwest, and on occasion i walk over to the edge of a field and grab a handful of soil. Not a thing lives in in it, it is dead, dead, dead. Even when the soil is beautiful black, as in parts of Iowa, or indiana, or illinois.

When they spray the fields for potatoes, unprotected humans are not allowed in the fields for three days.

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If the soil is truly in that bad of shape, why are agricultural yields still rising?
Genetically engineered crops,
More and more fertilisers,
More and more irrigation using water above the natural aquifer and other groundwater replenishment rates,
More and more herbicides and pesticides including the Neonicotinoids***

Results
- more corn, more soya.
- more run-off into water courses that can get so bad the water source goes eutrophic,
- insect decline including those insects that pollinate 40% of all the food we eat.
- disruption of the web of life (e.g. decline in bird populations - à la "Silent Spring")
- which keeps on going for far more years than one would expect.

A monoculture desert. Enjoy your bio-diesel and feed-lot beef.

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*** https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/widely-used-insecticides-may-be-a-threat-to-mammals-too

These widely used insecticides may be a threat to mammals too
Neonicotinoids are already accused of contributing to widespread insect declines. But there’s evidence they can also harm rabbits, birds, and deer.

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Re: Places becoming less livable
« Reply #1208 on: February 27, 2021, 01:27:10 AM »
The Louvre Moves Its Treasures as Climate Change Brings More Floods to Paris
https://news.trust.org/item/20210226085732-pyja5



The Paris museum is relocating many artworks not on display to a storage facility in northern France designed to stand up to global warming impacts

... When the River Seine that runs through Paris overflowed this month, officials at the Louvre Museum were relieved some of their most valuable items were safely stored in northern France.

The world's largest and most visited museum, with almost 10 million visitors annually, had already transported some 100,000 at risk art pieces to the new Louvre Conservation Center in Lievin, some 190 km north. The reason? Climate change.

"The current floods show once again how necessary it is to protect our art works from flooding," said Jean-Luc Martinez, Director of the Louvre, which owns about 620,000 artworks, only 35,000 of which are on display in the Parisian former palace.

"Soon this flood danger will - once and for all - be behind us," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

With climate change, scientists say heavy rains that cause flooding are set to become more frequent, threatening riverside gems like the Louvre, Notre Dame cathedral and the Musee d'Orsay - home to the world's greatest Impressionist paintings.

The problem is not unique to Paris. Italy built flood barriers to protect Venice's historic city centre after salty sea water damaged St Mark's Basilica, while London's Tate galleries sit on flood-prone sites. [

"We have a lot of museums whose collections will be affected if they are not stored properly," said Mechtild Rossler, director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, which supports landmark buildings recognised by the U.N. cultural agency.

By mid-2021, Louvre officials hope 250,000 at-risk paintings, sculptures and tapestries - including the Venus de Milo - will be in their new, $120 million home, where they will be safe from floods, heatwaves and other extreme weather.

The Louvre Conservation Center is set to become one of Europe's largest art training and research centres, visited by museum specialists, conservators and academics from around the world, as well as offering art refuge for countries in conflict.



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Money Down the Drain: Flood-Prone Miami to Spend Billions Tackling Sea Level Rise
https://phys.org/news/2021-02-flood-prone-miami-billions-tackling-sea.html

The US city of Miami is to invest billions of dollars to tackle its vulnerability to rising sea levels, a reality that already affects the daily lives of residents used to constant flooding.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine-Cava said Friday she will protect communities hardest hit by rising sea levels, which eat away at beaches and leave residents particularly vulnerable to flooding during hurricane season.

"We must continue to focus on restoration, preservation and protection of this sacred space," she told a news conference.

"And so we will be together investing billions of dollars... in our infrastructure so that we can lift this community and others that are so affected by sea level rise," she added.

She cited "adaptation action areas" as a first priority to be studied, which would include raising low-lying roads, and waterproofing and converting southern Florida's widely used septic tanks into sewage systems.

The city of Miami Beach—which is part of Miami-Dade County—invested millions of dollars in raising the level of many of its streets in 2016.
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Re: Places becoming less livable
« Reply #1209 on: February 27, 2021, 05:16:55 AM »
Re:  why are agricultural yields still rising?

monocrop corp ag views the soil as a medium to be infused with fertilizer, herbicide and pesticide to raise the maximum amount of GMO crops. Anything else alive in the soil is an unwanted component to be killed as efficiently as possible. And this "works" for some definitions of "work" as in bushels per acre.

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