1. A really interesting analysis of the past, present and future of industrial agriculture in the US midwest.

     
  2. And so, if my wife was to ask me what I had been doing all morning, I could truthfully have said that I had been “busy harnessing ecosystem services and investing sweat equity”, and she would have probably thought that I had become a little bit madder than I already am.
    — Lovely, thoughtful piece by an agricultural economist, formerly a director at FAO. Excellent antidote to all the guff on family farms.
     
  3. "After years of participation in public discussions about agriculture, I’ve developed something of an allergy to the catchphrase “feed the world.” It seems to come up with depressing regularity to justify, among other things, pesticides, industrial-scale monoculture, and biotechnology, all of which we must embrace—all together now—to feed the world. What gets under my skin is that the phrase is so often used by advocates of high-input American corn and soybeans, who otherwise seem not terribly concerned about problems of hungry people or farmers in developing countries."

    Amen to that.

     
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    photorator:

Marigold field being harvested Mexico  x-post from rwoahdude

That’s pretty impressive. Are they going for fresh flowers, or what?

    photorator:

    Marigold field being harvested Mexico x-post from rwoahdude

    That’s pretty impressive. Are they going for fresh flowers, or what?

     
  5. Nice round up from Nature News.
     
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    elcomfortador:

Awesome illustration by Andy Wright for this Modern Farmer article on why Greek yogurt is bad for the environment. 

Back in the day, when farms were generally mixed and “uneconomic,” you just fed the whey to the pigs. How silly that was.

    elcomfortador:

    Awesome illustration by Andy Wright for this Modern Farmer article on why Greek yogurt is bad for the environment. 

    Back in the day, when farms were generally mixed and “uneconomic,” you just fed the whey to the pigs. How silly that was.

     
  7. 19:01 8th Jul 2013

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    Reblogged from thetestpit

    Tags: FarmingDomestication

    I don’t know that anyone actually considered modern Iran as “unimportant,” but this is still an interesting set of finds.

     
  8. 11:01 13th Jun 2013

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    Reblogged from almanachouse

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    co-e-x-i-s-t-i-n-g:

Explore the world here


Lawks, the look on her face is just so moving.

    co-e-x-i-s-t-i-n-g:

    Explore the world here

    Lawks, the look on her face is just so moving.

    (Source: ibrahimhalilbaran)

     
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    beautifulfreebooks:

Tree planting with du Pont dynamite; new and valuable information for peach, apple, pear, cherry, orange, lemon, pecan orchardists, nurserymen, growers of small fruits, etc (1911) by E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company

Writes itself, really.
     
  10. Dick Thompson stands on the edge of the concrete manure pit he built in his field, a high point here in the middle of Iowa, and gestures toward the piles. Against the far wall is a contribution from the nearby town of Boone — human bio solids that Thompson uses as fertilizer along with the manure he collects from his own hogs and cattle, some still steaming in the cold November air. “What comes from the land,” he says with a glint in his eye, “should be returned to the land.”