The future of farming?

How do we remove CO2 from the atmosphere in large quantities? One of the best ways to accomplish this would be to engineer a coordinated global transition from industrial agriculture back to ecological or organic farming. To do this, we have to reconnect people with an ecologically advanced, locally based, food system. How do we do this? What techniques are known to work? What models are already available? How do we get involved? 

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Michal StefanowSome pictures from the shop at Boom Festival: http://imgur.com/a/FjOO4

I've seen most of the documentaries... And yet I need to admit - I'm not a vegan - I accept responsible use of animal produce.

As always I believe in driving forces behing economy - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agricultural_subsi… - maybe we can stop subsidising sugar? Currently it's dirt cheap and added to everything... 

Waiting for the first country (potentially some island on Pacific Ocean) that will recognise that CO2 coming from farming is major contributor to global warming and raising sea levels... That country will make meat illegal and set a precedence - will it happen before 2020?

Alex Freitas"responsible use of animal produce"? let me just stop you right there. structurally speaking, there is no responsible way to produce or consume animal products without lab-grown animal products. Some companies that are fighting for this next agricultural revolution would be New Harvest, SuperMeat, and Modern Meadow. Though, alone they are hopeless. They won't grow fast enough to make a difference if they dont integrate with a militant movement against climate change and our economic status quo.

Blisscott RootsA couple of models...

When Cuba stopped receiving subsidized trade from the Soviet Union and had to make a major agricultural shift, they set up what they called 'Lighthouses', a network of agricultural learning stations. Those campesinos still farming traditionally were brought in to teach workers from the large industrialized farms and education was made available about organic and agroecological methods. The previous large farms were in many cases broken down in to smaller farmer co-ops run by the agricultural workers.  An effort was made to take middle-men out of the sales and transportation of food products and connect buyers directly to farmers.

"Sustainable Agriculture and Resistance: Transforming Food Production in Cuba", Fernando Funes
https://books.google.ca/books?id=U0FgAAAAMAAJ&q=…

In Russia there is over 50% of agricultural products (by economic value) being produced on small garden plots.  Some regions offer citizens land with conditions such as building it up to 70% forest cover.  See my article at RealitySandwich for more information:
http://realitysandwich.com/788/call_ringing_ceda…

Daniel PinchbeckHi Blisscott, thanks for these links. 

Stephen NallyTo Alex Freitas .Hmm.. "let me just stop you right there" reeks of zealotry - something I think Daniel is trying to avoid.

Animals are an important part of a complex ecosystem, which is required to sustain the biosphere and reduce carbon dioxide. Think 100 million buffalo on the Great Plains before the European settlement. Plants grow better when fertillised with animal waste. Again think the symbiotic relationship between the grass and the buffalo on thr great plains. But then if you have buffalo, a top predator is required  to maintain diversity and keep numbers from exploding, or the buffalo will destroy their own ecosystem. The Native Americans fulfilled this role. So there was a balanced ecosystem on the great plains before 1492. Anyway there are no simple answers, and global veganism if practiced not holistically will just lead to fossil fuel sustained monocultures. If you or anyone is open minded, check out this video. 

https://www.ted.com/talks/allan_savory_how_to_gr…

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