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“The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself”

“The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself,” Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote in 1937 following catastrophic dust storms and flooding in the United States. He was right. Soil deserves respect. A medium for plant growth, a source of nutrients, a … Continue reading

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Fruit and nut yields threatened by warmer winters

As winters warm in some well know fruit growing regions of the world, crop yield can be severely reduced, even wiped out. See: https://climatechange.lta.org/winter-chill/ In the US state of Georgia, famous for its peaches, 85% of the 2018 crop was … Continue reading

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Wheat production impacted by warmer winters

The United States Department of Agriculture has advised farmers that plant hardiness zones must shift 100 miles north. They expect this shift will become 300 miles by 2050. The areas which are left behind will become unable to grow wheat … Continue reading

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Redirecting floodwater into aquifer

For some years now the pattern of drought followed by flooding is experienced in many countries. Serious reduction in water levels in aquifers causes drinking water shortages. It is therefore necessary to build a system which directs flood waters into … Continue reading

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Oil Plunder

Virunga National Park, home, to the last mountain gorillas and people of the Congo, has been placed in a deal to auction off the precious territory to countries like the US and UK so they can drill for oil! https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/07/25/world/congo-auction-land-oil-companiesContinue reading

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Agricultural solutions

I have just watched a Euronews coverage of how enterprising solutions have enabled Algerian farmers to utilise the water table below the desert and renewable electricity to grow potatoes and other foods in specially cultivated areas. Watch at: https://www.euronews.com/2022/06/27/from-sand-to-spuds-how-algeria-galvanised-its-agricultural-sector This … Continue reading

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Cotton and Wool Blending

Like much of our knowledge and language, the word ‘cotton’ comes from Arabic ‘quton’. As with wool and silk, so cotton is a natural fabric and is comfortable to the most sensitive skin. It is soft yet strong; is absorbent; … Continue reading

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Wool

Killing a sheep and cutting off its skin to provide clothing is obviously a skill humans have been honing for thousands of years, since we skinned many animals to clothe us, and ate the meat, used the bones to create … Continue reading

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The Battle Against Nature for Cotton

Using modern techniques, it has been possible to identify the earliest cotton in a copper bead within a grave in Mehrgarh. It is thought the first cotton was grown and utilised by early farmers in this region of what is … Continue reading

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C02 and Agricultural Practices

Since Neolithic times, when humans became farmers, we have sought ways to change land use to fit our needs. We have terraced hillsides to grow food, we have developed irrigation and switched routes of rivers to benefit land where water … Continue reading

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