Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Fields Forever? By Arty Mangan

Organic strawberries protect the ozone layer as industrial agriculture trades one toxic chemical for another.

In the early days of Odwalla, BC (before Coca Cola bought
it) the juice plant was a state- of-the-art remodeled brussel sprouts packing
shed that stood on the cliffs of Pacific Coast Highway One. Just up the road
was Swanton Berry Farm run by one of America’s truly great, innovative farmers.

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Plantagon-Feeding the city

By 2050 up to 80% of the earth’s population will reside in urban centers. Until then human population will increase by about 2 billion, applying conservative estimates.

If food is to be consumed and produced in as inefficient way as today we will need further arable land the size of Brazil [or almost the size of the United States] by 2050. Over 70 % of land area suitable for farming is used for crop production (sources: FAO and NASA). Most of this production is for fodder for animals not for human food, this happens in a time when grazing on natural land is more and more rare even though it produces both biodiversity and a landscape with high nature values.

An effective land-use solution that embraces the market and the infrastructure is the only solution.

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