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A New Stragedy to Feed the World
Enter Stage Right ^ | 12/19 2011 | Dennis T. Avery

Posted on 12/24/2011 10:47:13 PM PST by count-your-change

"Can we successfully grow more plants per acre as a future strategy for increasing our crop yields and food production? Sixty thousand corn plants per acre -- twice Iowa's current average -- could be one route to higher productivity. The world will need twice as much food in 2050, and we'll need to triple the crop yields on the best land. Doubling would be a very good start."

(Excerpt) Read more at enterstageright.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: crops; farming
How many people can the earth feed? As this article shows it may be far more than anyone thinks but not necessarily by following the traditional methods and ideas.
1 posted on 12/24/2011 10:47:16 PM PST by count-your-change
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To: count-your-change

Modestly upping the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide would help a lot.


2 posted on 12/24/2011 10:52:47 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: count-your-change

Last time someone claimed that his country could treble it’s agricultural production twenty to thirty million people starved.

I think his name had three letters and started with an “M”.


3 posted on 12/24/2011 10:55:17 PM PST by sinanju
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To: count-your-change
If they're going to double their production, it'll take more seeds and fertilizer. How can we expect the poor farmers to pay for this extra cost?

Quick, give them more subsidies! (We'll have to pay them more to let the land lay fallow as well.)

4 posted on 12/24/2011 10:55:18 PM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: count-your-change

who the hell cares? This is not going to be a problem in north america where we make more food than we need and do not have a population problem.


5 posted on 12/24/2011 10:56:57 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: Slump Tester

Why should America worry about the third worlders when Islam can provide the solutions to their problems?


6 posted on 12/24/2011 10:58:00 PM PST by himno hero (Obamas theme...Death to America...The crusaders will pay!)
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To: count-your-change

btw, your link is crap.

here’s a good one.

http://www.enterstageright.com/archive/articles/1211/1211stratfeedworld.htm


7 posted on 12/24/2011 10:58:16 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: count-your-change

Stragedy....really?


8 posted on 12/24/2011 11:09:58 PM PST by AndrewB (FUBO)
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To: count-your-change

I have read/heard that we manufacture enough food already to feed everyone well.

The problem is in distribution, preservation, and corruption, particularly waste and the nefarious use of food/scarcity for political ends.


9 posted on 12/24/2011 11:15:22 PM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: mamelukesabre
“Here's a better link would suffice”. I am so sick of FR members who are just plain condescending and rude.
10 posted on 12/24/2011 11:25:48 PM PST by liberty or death
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To: Persevero; All

I know, I know....STRATEGY. Thanks


11 posted on 12/24/2011 11:28:30 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change
Everybody needs to invest in commodity futures.

Their stalks are skyrocketing.

12 posted on 12/24/2011 11:32:24 PM PST by bigheadfred (MERRY CHRISTMAS)
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To: liberty or death

I bet you already know what I’m sick of.


13 posted on 12/24/2011 11:38:53 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre
Agricultural exports help to pay for the tires on your car and the aluminum cans your soda and beer comes in and a thousand other things you use.

So who does care?

14 posted on 12/24/2011 11:59:58 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

That seems to be working already. Increased CO2 seems to help plants cope with increased heat and drought as well as feed them.


15 posted on 12/25/2011 12:16:15 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: sinanju

Since WW2 by what percentage has agricultural productivity increased here in the U.S.?


16 posted on 12/25/2011 12:22:00 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change

not me

I pay for my own tires and aluminum cans.


17 posted on 12/25/2011 12:24:12 AM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: Slump Tester

Stop subsidizing Ethanol, drill for oil and use our plentiful supply of coal. Forgot that we have to content with the dumb EPA, can’t even take a breath without exhaling CO2.


18 posted on 12/25/2011 12:31:28 AM PST by saintgermaine
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To: mamelukesabre

Exports pay for those things, yours and mine. Basic economics. Otherwise it’s borrowed money.


19 posted on 12/25/2011 12:42:01 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Persevero

Probably true, there’s a tremendous amount of waste. Pests, spoilage, dumping of surplus.


20 posted on 12/25/2011 12:46:26 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change

really?

and if there are no imports nor exports?


21 posted on 12/25/2011 1:45:23 AM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: count-your-change

Why feed usless eaters?


22 posted on 12/25/2011 1:59:12 AM PST by dalereed
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To: dalereed

Useless eaters? Who might that be?


23 posted on 12/25/2011 2:28:01 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change

Anyone that dosen’t make their oqwn way in this world!

Eliminate all welfare!


24 posted on 12/25/2011 2:33:45 AM PST by dalereed
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To: mamelukesabre

Then we would have no tires, no aluminum cans, airplanes, automobiles, many of the machine tools used in manufacturing...need I go on? O.K., I will...there would also be very little farming done. Really.


25 posted on 12/25/2011 2:42:10 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: dalereed

Let’s see....a ten year old child doesn’t “make his own way” nor does an elderly person unable to work any longer.

Useless eaters, right?

Maybe if you take time to think about it a bit.


26 posted on 12/25/2011 3:01:48 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change
Imagine if we were using food to run our cars, the left would go crazy
because of all the starving people in the world.
27 posted on 12/25/2011 3:14:22 AM PST by MaxMax
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To: count-your-change
The earth can feed a lot more people.

What s necessary s for third world countries to use more modern farming techniques.

Using wooden plow behind an ox is not really efficient.

28 posted on 12/25/2011 3:55:55 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Jimmy Valentine

Of course there would probably need to be more genetic manipulation. We heard reports this summer of 140 degree temps in the middle of more densely populated corn fields. That, in turn, caused lesser yields.


29 posted on 12/25/2011 5:12:55 AM PST by taterjay
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To: count-your-change

“Useless eaters, right?”

RIGHT, and i’m 74.

The day I can’t totally provide for myself I shouldn’t be taking up space on this planet!


30 posted on 12/25/2011 5:26:57 AM PST by dalereed
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To: dalereed

You never have ‘totally provided for yourself’. You don’t make your own clothes or grow your own food or mine the metals you use nor fashion them into useful articles.

If you say that you purchase those things with money then you depend upon others to provide and sell them to you, something they may not always be willing to do.

Cheers!


31 posted on 12/25/2011 6:31:38 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Jimmy Valentine
Surprising that something as simple as a metal plow instead of a wooden one can increase productivity. Consider the many inventions during the 19th. century in farm machinery, combines, corn pickers, threshing machines, planters, better seed varieties,....machines to harvest tree crops, and dig potatoes. Astounding.
32 posted on 12/25/2011 6:51:52 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: MaxMax

Put that ear of corn down, I need to fill up my car.


33 posted on 12/25/2011 7:49:39 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change

nonsense


34 posted on 12/25/2011 9:32:56 AM PST by mamelukesabre
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