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Q&A: one change in agriculture production to improve environmental sustainability?

Question by Punkish_Bronze: one change in agriculture production to improve environmental sustainability?
can some one identify one change that could be made in the agricultural production of food which would, in your view, improve the environmental sustainability. and then please mention how the advantages might outweigh the disadvantages of your suggestion. thanks in advanced!

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Answer by Ben
Well.. not burning diesel would be a BIG start

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4 comments on “Q&A: one change in agriculture production to improve environmental sustainability?

  • Use desalinated sea water.Use steam from solar collectors to move and purify the water.Fill a reservoir.Sell energy,consume the water.Start smart ,end up healthy.

  • No-till planting. This is leaving the previous crops residue on top of the ground, spraying usually to kill it, and then planting the next years crop on top. The no-till reduced the CO2 released into the air and used the ground as a holder for the carbon. Each time the field is plowed CO2 is released into the air. So to reduce carbon emissions you can use no-till farming practices.

  • What is useful in one place is not useful everywhere. There are large parts of the world that could benefit from a large new resource of water for irrigation, then when I look out into my fields and realize that my wheat crop is struggling with too much water. We can drain that land into a storage reservoir. We can reclaim it for irrigation. But after 2 years of excess rain, where to store it?

    Some water drainage and storage operations need to be at a continental level rather than just farm by farm. Society as a whole may need to invest to ensure that the flood waters of one area become the reserve waters of other areas. Storage and use elsewhere is more sustainable within a reasonable distance than desalination and then pumping the resultant water a comparable distance. But both options may be needed, not necessarily for the same areas. THe southern Sahara for example is closer to surplus water from the Niger and Congo rivers than it is to an ocean, other than for the Atlantic coast or Ethiopa.

    Storage of large volumes of flood water also must not keep those flood waters on the farm land they start from. Too much water is as bad as none.

  • IPM- Integrated Pest Management. The use of multiple control tactics so as not to create resistance to any one tactic. This includes the use of cultural, mechanical and chemical controls. Not saying one is any better than the other but all of them together is better than one.

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