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Can Organic Farming Feed Us All? | Worldwatch Institute

The only people who think organic farming can feed the world are delusional hippies, hysterical moms, and self-righteous organic farmers. Right?

Actually, no. A fair number of agribusiness executives, agricultural and ecological scientists, and international agriculture experts believe that a large-scale shift to organic farming would not only increase the world’s food supply, but might be the only way to eradicate hunger.

This probably comes as a surprise. After all, organic farmers scorn the pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and other tools that have become synonymous with high-yield agriculture. Instead, organic farmers depend on raising animals for manure, growing beans, clover, or other nitrogen-fixing legumes, or making compost and other sources of fertilizer that cannot be manufactured in a chemical plant but are instead grown-which consumes land, water, and other resources. (In contrast, producing synthetic fertilizers consumes massive amounts of petroleum.) Since organic farmers can’t use synthetic pesticides, one can imagine that their fields suffer from a scourge of crop-munching bugs, fruit-rotting blights, and plant-choking weeds. And because organic farmers depend on rotating crops to help control pest problems, the same field won’t grow corn or wheat or some other staple as often.

To begin with, organic farming isn’t as easy as farming with chemicals. Instead of choosing a pesticide to prevent a pest outbreak, for example, a particular organic farmer might consider altering his crop rotation, planting a crop that will repel the pest or one that will attract its predators-decisions that require some experimentation and long-term planning. 

  Farmers don’t claim to be gods,althou farmers feed people.

Agreed on this today,hunger has been due primarily to inadequate income and distribution rather than absolute food scarcity. In this regard, a biofuels economy may actually help to reduce hunger and poverty. 

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http://www.worldwatch.org/node/4060

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Solar: A brilliant way to get energy | Science Matters Essay| David Suzuki Foundation

<a href="http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2016/02/solar-a-brilliant-way-to-get-energy/“>SOlar Science Essay

Time Lapse Captured from the ISS

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Images from Commander Hadfield (with images, tweets) · dougpete · Storify

You’re the island on the horizon when my heart is out to sea.#ValentineFromSpace

https://storify.com/dougpete/images-from-commander-hadfield

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Happy Valentines Day Teri 💞💟💗💖💕❤💋💓❤💙💚💛

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Solar: A brilliant way to get energy

SCIENCE AND MATTER MATTERS

What’s the matter ?

Are we going Solar fast enough or hopping like a grasshopper ?

Carbon;the molecules of life matter.

Life is based on carbon; organic chemistry studies compounds in which carbon is a central element. 

Fossil fuels are pushing Earth toward a dramatic global shift in temperature,which some scientists believe
will dramatically disrupt life as it is now.

Here’s a great link to follow up your reading on what creates carbon in layman terms.

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2016/02/solar-a-brilliant-way-to-get-energy/

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