Category Archives: Agriculture

Gardening – Grow Your Own Food

Best Home or small farm method I’ve taken many gardening and permaculture classes, but by far the best way to grow your own food is explained in John Jeavons’ book “How to grow more vegetables And Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains … Continue reading

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Reforming the current food system

  Jan 14, 2008  DISARRAY  by James Howard Kunstler End subsidies to agribusiness and instead direct dollar support to small-scale farmers, using the existing regional networks of organic farming associations to target the aid. (This includes ending subsidies for the … Continue reading

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Softer landing if we can keep the Combines going

Save it for the Combine August 24, 2010. Jason Bradford Excerpts from this article: The combine performs tasks that replace an enormous amount of labor in a reliable and timely fashion.  It cuts the stalks of seed crops, threshes the … Continue reading

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Jason Bradford on reforming the current food system

Ecological Economics and the Food System May 20, 2009  Jason Bradford Jason Bradford has many articles on reforming the fossil-fueled food system, here are just a few ideas excerpted from this article:  To get by on ambient energy as much … Continue reading

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Energy in the Food System uses 19% of all energy consumed in the USA. Pimentel 2008

Reducing Energy Inputs in the US Food System David Pimentel & Sean Williamson & Courtney E. Alexander & Omar Gonzalez-Pagan & Caitlin Kontak & Steven E. Mulkey. Hum Ecol (2008) 36:459–471 [some excerpts below. Clearly we’ve got to start reducing … Continue reading

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Grow Nut Trees in your backyard

Woody Agriculture – On the Road to a New Paradigm July 27, 2012.  Philip A. Rutter et. al. [snipped and some paraphrasing – do read the whole long article at the link above if you are interested in planting nut … Continue reading

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How can you buy a farm when you’re competing with private equity?

Looks like it will be hard to buy a farm unless you’re wealth.  But in the crisis phase you don’t want to own a large farm anyhow… Half of U.S. Farmland Being Eyed by Private Equity February 19th, 2014.  By … Continue reading

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Cuba’s agriculture experiments are not working out

8 Dec 2012. Damien Cave. Cuba’s Free-Market Farm Experiment Yields a Meager Crop. Feeding the People in Cuba: Last year, President Raúl Castro legalized small agricultural businesses as part of an effort to revive the economy.  New York Times. President … Continue reading

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World Resources Institute: Within 12 years food production will go down

For a variety of reasons, this report concludes that food production is likely to go down within the next 12 years, not up. The World Resources Institute recently came out with a report that throws into doubt our ability to … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned from How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

by Alice Friedemann 2012 update:  Cuba’s agriculture experiments are not working out according to the New York Times. There are many reasons, but the main one is there aren’t enough trucks to distribute the food, and existing trucks are so … Continue reading

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