Charlie MV wrote:Soooo, you never tried to teach him to sing? It's been proven by scientists [somewhere] that singing dogs participate in fewer mock attacks.
I should think the self-evident logic
of this statement would stand on its own. For shame, Stella.... Although I do thank you for the supporting information from the Weimaraner Inst. Who could impugn Rin Tin Les?!
If a dog is singing ("singing dogs"), it is incapable of participating in a mock attack ("participate in fewer mock attacks"). Singing requires good breath and diaphragmatic support, functions which are essential in mock attacks. Tsk, tsk.
OK. Back to the original subject of this discourse:
Farmers in the Punjab have stated that they cannot continue with the industrial, Western ways which have polluted their groundwater and dried up their soil, yielding a wasteland (source: [url=https://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/06/cheap-food/bourne-text/6]National Geographic
"Today, though, the miracle of the green revolution is over in Punjab: Yield growth has essentially flattened since the mid-1990s. Overirrigation has led to steep drops in the water table, now tapped by 1.3 million tube wells, while thousands of hectares of productive land have been lost to salinization and waterlogged soils. Forty years of intensive irrigation, fertilization, and pesticides have not been kind to the loamy gray fields of Punjab. Nor, in some cases, to the people themselves."
The entire article looks at industrial agriculture and traditional ways. It also looks at biotech from the point of view of its advocates (a representative from Monsanto) and its opponents (e.g., Michael Pollan).
Pollan also forecasts the future trend of agriculture. In an [url=https://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/06/cheap-food/bourne-text/11]extended quote[/url] from the article (which I was pleased to read when it arrived in "person" at our house in 2009), here's what the author summarizes and what Pollan then says:
"The green revolution's legacy of tainted soil and depleted aquifers is one reason to look for new strategies. So is what author and University of California, Berkeley, professor Michael Pollan calls the Achilles heel of current green revolution methods: a dependence on fossil fuels. Natural gas, for example, is a raw material for nitrogen fertilizers. 'The only way you can have one farmer feed 140 Americans is with monocultures. And monocultures need lots of fossil-fuel-based fertilizers and lots of fossil-fuel-based pesticides,' Pollan says. 'That only works in an era of cheap fossil fuels, and that era is coming to an end. Moving anyone to a dependence on fossil fuels seems the height of irresponsibility.' "
I urge anyone with an interest in agricultural technology, food production, the future of food production, and other related topics to read the *entire* National Geographic
article. Please be sure to read the related topics: the photo gallery and captions, "How we did it before," and other sidebars. The entire story is a stunner. It begins with the food riots in Egypt and elsewhere in 2008/09 and examines why the price of food went through the roof for so many of the world's people.
Maximizing our own personal production and sharing any excess (if we have
excess) may seem like a drop in the bucket, but many drops do make a difference.
Sunset Zone 17, USDA Zone 9
(edited for punctuation error)