Posts Tagged ‘farming’

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40% less power, 80% less food waste and 99% less water usage than outdoor fields (link)

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Combine the wholesale depletion of aquifers with the poisoning of same with gas fracking chemicals, and we are looking at one bleak fucking future.

NASA: Major droughts threaten food supply, global security

Water in the world’s largest aquifers is being pumped out at greater rates than can be replenished naturally.

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This is a hard to watch film.  In found-footage style, half the movie is shaky cell phone cam quality without stabilization, and it gave me a headache.  Blair Witch did similarly.  I think there’s a place for pseudo found-footage, but it needs to accommodate the audience and not shake around too much.  The image was also without additional lighting and just whatever light conditions were available.  This may add an authentic feel to the thing, but it makes for ugly footage that is a real chore to endure.   I prefer the more careful camera work of Chronicle, which appeared on the surface to be a found footage, but was clearly carefully staged, stabilized and controlled.

I’m commenting on the film as it is an aggressively eco activist storyline.  Society’s assault on the ecosystem comes around to bite us in the ass, and elsewhere.  It’s not a novel idea, but it’s one that needs to be told, and retold in better ways.

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Not sure The Bay succeeded.  The story was disjointed with lots of characters.  Most don’t fare well.  It jumps constantly from jarring cut to cut.  It’s not difficult to follow, but it isn’t exactly a ray of sunshine.  It’s dismal, gory, depressing and horrific.  I suppose those are admirable qualities in a horror movie.  I suppose.

It does make its point, repeatedly.  What comes around goes around. We are sowing the seeds of our own destruction, and ignorance is no defense.

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NY TIMES:

“Vast stretches of Texas farmland lying over the aquifer no longer support irrigation. In west-central Kansas, up to a fifth of the irrigated farmland along a 100-mile swath of the aquifer has already gone dry. In many other places, there no longer is enough water to supply farmers’ peak needs during Kansas’ scorching summers.

And when the groundwater runs out, it is gone for good. Refilling the aquifer would require hundreds, if not thousands, of years of rains.

…But across the rolling plains and tarmac-flat farmland near the Kansas-Colorado border, the effects of depletion are evident everywhere. Highway bridges span arid stream beds. Most of the creeks and rivers that once veined the land have dried up as 60 years of pumping have pulled groundwater levels down by scores and even hundreds of feet.”

 

Hey, go pop out another 10 kids.  No problems.

None of this takes into account the near future pollution of the good aquifers by gas drilling / hydrofracking.  We’re on a great path.

 

 


 

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GMO Frankenfoods and you. See also California’s initiative to force the labeling of GMOs:

labelgmos.org