As someone who works in ag & food distribution I gotta disagree w this.
A lot of "ugly" food
-Won't survive distribution bc weird shapes makes it prone to getting smushed, bruised, start to rot, & make everything else in the box/crate rot. Broken skin does the same thing. https://t.co/O8USJYrSfT
-Most "ugly" produce gets turned into soups, sauces, salsa, jam, ice cream, etc. You think that stuff gets made from the pretty fruit & veggies?! jeebus, think about it for a minute
-The amt of produce wasted bc of labor problems (can't get a crew to harvest) & bad weather (melons that rot in the field bc it's too hot & wet, etc) WAY outstrips produce thrown out bc it's "ugly."
Bc again... we eat a LOT ugly produce. You just wouldn't know it bc it's salsa.
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So, taking it that you said you live in Arizona and "your family has a farm in Chihuahua," a quick congratulations are in order. You're an absentee landowner! You're right at the peak of farming's social pyramid. Living the dream. https://t.co/NJ5lye483k
So you probably don't participate in the day-to-day management, you just collect checks. Pretty common situation for absentee landlords.
From that distance, it's understandable that you have a poor grasp on water, land, & how they play out in various types of agriculture.
But let's take a step back.
Lots of cultures have used low- or no-meat diets. The Ganges valley, ancient Egypt, China, much of early Europe, etc.
Notice anything in common there?
They're all very, very wet. Plants that are edible for humans grow readily.
"Blue carbon," or carbon sequestered in marine environments, is a pretty new field of science. It covers carbon held in plant life like seaweeds, mangroves, seagrass meadows, and tidal marshes.
so basically anything run by Aquaman pic.twitter.com/xsReoiQbjV
There's a good general intro/review paper here.https://t.co/OYzfPuLcd1
Seaweeds (aka macroalgae) are probably the marine plants we have the most data on for carbon sequestration.
Bc it's twitter I'll refer to this group as "kelp" from here on bc kelp's such a heavy hitter in seaweed biomass. But also covers any macroalgae like Sargassum, Ulva, etc.
Yes and no
Americans tried to copy Lean from Toyota, immediately ran into problems w JIT tactics *because we were doing it wrong*
this applies to grass too https://t.co/i0auvuCBwL
Toyota spend decades. d e c a d e s. building supply chains to enable JIT.
If they had a steering column manufacturer they liked, but their plant was far away & made JIT difficult, Toyota talked that manufacturer into building a shop closer to the main Toyota plant.
You can't come home from a leadership retreat all fired up about JIT and just make it happen. It. takes. decades.
And yet that's exactly what Americans did, we try to use "JIT" without having the infrastructure or supply chain to support it.
YES. Historians & social scientists (of capitalism, ag, political history, EVERYTHING) treat agriculture like it's this special world apart from the rest of society. It's not- it's the foundation of modern society, & deserves every bit of critical treatment we can throw at it. https://t.co/I1cV5zg5mz
I haven't had a chance to read through that particular book but yeah there's something distinctively shitty about English-style agriculture that carried through the colonial process.
stay with me here pic.twitter.com/dB8LADS0jm
An old, very experienced crop scientist made an off-hand comment to me once in grad school that I'll never forget.
"English farmers visit their fields. German farmers work all day in their fields. Dutch farmers SLEEP in their fields."