Rodney Michael

Rodney Michael

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  • United States, SC, Society Hill
Rodney Michael Society Hill, SC
Sep 8
 
Interesting read on ways to mitigate a food crisis. Production Practices / Food Waste / Concentrated Production / Protein Sources.

https://theconversation.com/eight-ways-to-halt-a-global-food-crisis-118436

Categories: Crop Protection, Sustainable Agriculture

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Sadly my friend, this article should not be taken at face value. It sounds nice, but I spent three years researching this data, and more. Without going into great depth, one example given states that organic farmers use less fertilizers. That just isn't the case. In fact, organic farmers are just as likely to overuse nitrogen. In some cases, organic farmers may use more. Many organic farmers have over applied manure, raising their phosphorous levels beyond what is safe in many cases. Here is an informative document from Clemson University https://www.clemson.edu/extension/camm/manuals/dairy/dch5a_16.pdf. I'm this one will see where there are boundaries beyond which farmers may be restricted in applying manure, and many states have very strict fines because of over application from folks who did not know better. There is so much more I could say about this article, but suffice to say it should not be taken literally.

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Thanks for the information Mark. I visited a small farm this past weekend, the farmer and I talked of "organic" and he echoes what you've shared.

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