I don't know if sustainable ag can support the population, but it can support the planet, and that is a prerequisite for supporting the population.
Rant independent of your comments:
And most food problems are caused by war and political corruption. Food is hoarded, or it isn't given to certain populations. And sometimes relief organizations aren't allowed in certain parts of a country. Reform the governments and you reform the food problems somewhat.
IFF the planet can be fully utilized can we feed the whole world. What do you think the yields have been in Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, and other hot spots around the world? How do land mines affect ag output?
In the organic article, both the author and TechDirt are making a bad assumption - that the volume of crops grown is equivalent between organic crops and modern factory farming. Let me throw in a third method - old-fashioned sustainable agriculture. Organic ag is not always sustainable, especially if it is being done by a corporation. Sustainable ag involves crop rotation, raising grains and livestock (inputs and outputs form a cycle), and processing the crops as much as possible before shipping them.
If you look at the USDA Agricultural Almanac over the years, I am told that you will notice a decrease in nutrient levels from year to year. I grew up on an Iowa farm. As a kid, I helped my Dad feed open-pollinated Reid's Yellow Dent field corn to cattle that we raised. Later on, Dad switched to hybrid corn, bought more corn and fed more cattle. Someday, I'd like to see if I can figure out what the yield of beef per bushel of corn was between those two situations.
I have noticed that grocery stores charge more for "jumbo" fruit, but the flavor is better in smaller fruits. The nutrient level may not be any better in those jumbos, as Mother Nature only has so much to give regardless of the size of the package. Empty calories don't help anybody.
Just remember, most of these studies are being done by corporations with a stake in the outcome. Small farmers don't fund scientific studies, they just find out what works best. It would be nice if the government would fund some impartial studies that looked at the whole spectrum, although I don't think anybody understands it completely yet. If they did, we would understand protein folding and the term "junk DNA" would not be used.
Sex is a wonderful thing. It it hadn't existed, we would have had to invent it.
But sex also correlates with an increase in intimacy. And sometimes that intimacy crashes. I would prefer not to suffer so many crashes. It's a personal choice.
I prefer to call "adult content" "arrested adolescent content". If I can't take it with me through an adult day - at home, in the community, in the office, or anywhere else I, or you, may go - then it isn't truly adult content. Adult sex is something that lasts and improves over time.
Sometimes, sex can be too important to leave to silly, casual, uncommitted encounters. It is so attractive that we can do stupid things in pursuit of it. Thus the occasional reference to "thinking with the gonads instead of the brain".
I will still translate if you don't change, though. :-)
So what you're saying is that we could save large amounts of money by just rubber-stamping every patent application that comes through the USPTO and laying off all the employees, including David Kappos' successor?
Some CongressCritter is going to HAVE to jump on this opportunity!
There is something funny going on with her behavior, too. First off, she took the Fifth Amendment along with the other bozos. What possible reason could she have for doing that? It has been explained that pleading the Fifth in a civil case is possibly pointless, and may not prevent the judge from using the best information at hand in the worst way possible against them. A paralegal should be aware of the legal implications.
So, my question is, what does she have at stake here? I would think that a paralegal would just be an employee in a law firm, not a partner or co-owner of the company. It implies that she has a stake in this scam larger than just trying to stay employed.
When all is said and done, she might just be a scared, impressionable low-level road-kill of an employee, but I'm not trusting her with the key to my safe deposit box until we find out just how deeply entangled she is with this scam.
One owns every thought they've ever had, and anything similar, the other patents life, which they did not make, but discovered. And yes, I am aware of how biotech works. Very poorly. Do your patented process, grow out the results, and throw away everything that doesn't match what you wanted. Bah, Humbug!
Despite Mike comments, I think they both deserve all that they can dish at each other.
Re: Re: What Bill Gates means is HE would have had to PAY THE CREATORS!
Back in the 60s, if you made a million dollars, the tax rate was 90%.
You remember the 60s, don't you? NASA, great employment, booming economy, manufacturing plants all over America, no call centers...
I don't remember companies moving overseas back then. That didn't start until the late 70s. Companies WERE starting to move west and south in America by the end of the 60s because they were trying to shed unions, but that was just more greed. It didn't have anything to do with the tax rate. Companies were focused on a skilled labor force back then. Now it is just warm bodies.
I notice that he really seems to be enjoying what he's doing. If you don't enjoy it, you're not going to be good at it. Contrast that with the productions that are modern music. Yeah, some of his videos are really corny. But they are also very real. And I like that.
I loved his remake of "Lady Godiva". And "This Kiss". And "She Walks Right Through Me". Good stuff, Maynard!
It reminds me of what we used to call "street theater" back in the 60s/early 70s. Just go out there and have fun. Who cares about the plan, just go with the flow. And have fun! Fun is contagious.
I have always been struck by how much fun bands like Jeff Beck seem to have a lot of fun and really enjoy each other and their music. A lot of smiles there. Same with Eric Clapton's groups, especially the one he assembled for the Robert Johnson numbers in "Sessions for Robert J" and for the Crossroads Festival 2007. For new groups, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi and band are having a blast!
Joseph Campbell used to say "Follow your bliss!" It looks like Day is doing that. More power to him.
I remember walking around DC looking at all the tanks and half-tracks and soldiers on every traffic circle.
I stopped by Kent State this last summer on my way back from my son's graduation. There is a bullet hole in a sculpture on the campus from a round fired by the National Guard. What I never realized before is that the hole is in an I-beam that is approximately one quarter inch thick. It was a .30 caliber magnum round. It was used against US citizens who were also students, and some of whom were not yet adults. I think the legal age then was 21, so most of them were minors.
AFAIK, this would be the FIRST release of ANY data on GM trials ANYWHERE in the world.
That is why Monsanto is so concerned about it. They definitely have something to hide there. They have patented their GM products as being new and nonobvious. They have gotten FDA approval based on the assertion that their GM products are substantially equivalent to existing products.
Of course they have something to hide. They have been able to keep one side of the equation secret until now. And those of us who have pointed out the apparent contradiction have been called kooks because we can't show the data.
The cleric elite should not have been empowered to dictate what people were allowed to learn. They should have been banned from teaching.
Given that they were the only ones who were preserving and spreading knowledge back then in Europe, you might have had to wait for the Arabs to come up from southern Spain or northern Africa to fill the void, though.
Trivia: Why was it called the "Dark Ages"? Because the King of Bohemia had veto power over the election of the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (northern Europe). Cultural imperialism at its best!