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Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: June 18, 2018, 10:42:54 PM »
That Massey is a nice little tractor. Wonder why he went with 6V batteries instead of 12V. And what horsepower he gets from the rig. The original gas engine was about 30hp i think.


Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: June 13, 2018, 09:23:07 PM »
Using compost to build soil health isn't anything new. Land that has been conventionally farmed will respond quickly to cover cropping and added compost. Worms return and after a few seasons the ground will get softer and retain water better . Farming takes time and effort. Moving tons and tons  of compost has it's own carbon footprint in trucking , or chipping, loaders, and spreaders. The trick is to produce tonnage of organic material close to where it can be used . Utilizing the waste steam of urban yard waste is better than putting yard waste into the landfill but it comes with a big carbon footprint attached.
 So ideally a farm could grow and coppice some trees and chip them with a biodiesel tractor fueled by biodiesel also produced with farm grown vegetable oil and animal fat. Chickens could be raised on the farm and their manure used to compost the wood chips. The resulting compost is used in increasing the carbon content of the land you use to produce fruit and vegetables for humans as well as forage and grains for farm animals.
 I am getting close to the above ideal farm. I rented a chipper for some brush clearing I had to do for fire abatement so that wasn't ideal . I also have many more farm animals than I can feed with farm grown forage and grains but that is because I also need to pay bills. If I only had to feed my wife and I and a much smaller number of farm animals I think I could get to that ideal farm where I didn't use fossil fuel and I increased my farms soil carbon.
 Getting to that ideal farm while at the same time earning a living is truly the brass ring. I don't know that farm or that farmer. Amish I would imagine are farming that farm ... Somewhere.

Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: June 13, 2018, 01:30:51 PM »
It's been my experience, as a farmer mind you not a climate scientist, that land becomes infertile mostly because of how it's farmed. Most of my organic farmer friends have land that is becoming more fertile overtime as they implement restorative farming practices. 

Indeed. Regenerative agriculturalists (see Gabe Brown, Ray Archuleta videos on youtube) seem to be able to increase organic matte in their soil by 0,1-0,3% /yr. That is a lot, it could be 1-5 tons of carbon per hectare. As there are cca 1 billion hectares of cropland globally, it means that we could potentially sequester 1-5 Gt Carbon per year. That is a lot, considering annual emissions of cca 10 Gt C. Plus we could use pastures and forests better. There is HUGE potential in this

Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: June 13, 2018, 07:53:37 AM »
Yes it is, agriculture in general is probably the most important area for research we've got. Although I'm not a farmer (former network engineer without green fingers...), your comments makes great sense to me. When I was young I lived and worked on a farm for a couple of years so I'm not totally lost here, I'm also fortunate that my old lady has all of those skills that I lack. :)

Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: June 12, 2018, 10:00:02 AM »
Even ‘dead food’ is better than no food.

I'm not so sure, Sig. I think that soulless food produces soulless humans. Plants reflect soil health, which indirectly influences the health of our bowels (intestinal flora), which directly influences our general health. And remember, mens sana in corpore sano.

You cannot imitate soil health with some substrate and a handful ingredients. There will be something missing, and without that something, nothing good can ever come of anything. And if nothing good can come of it, why would it be better?

Man does not live on bread alone.

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