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  •  Interesting and with great resources. These (20+ / 0-)

    methods are carried out by farmers who love the land and who treat farming as both art and science.  The corporate farms won't move in that direction though because too much labor is involved.

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    by judyms9 on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 10:36:26 AM PST

    •  Not just too much labor, but way too much for (3+ / 0-)
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      corporate farming.  At least, it sounds that way.  For now.

      But we already have robot vacuum cleaners for our homes.  Maybe we'll invent robot weeding machines that run on solar power.  If some sort of marker that the robot could recognize were put next to each seedling, the robots would kill mostly weeds and spare the rice plants.

      We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

      by david78209 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 06:45:39 AM PST

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      •  It would be trivial to build a robot that could (2+ / 0-)
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        recognize rice plants. I've had this idea in mind for years.

        You don't even have to go pesticide free -- you could surgically spray (or even inject) small amounts of pesticide directly on the specific plants you want to kill. It would use a small fraction of the volume of pesticides currently used, and it would moot the debate over GMOs like Roundup-Ready this 'n that.

        To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

        by UntimelyRippd on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 10:23:16 AM PST

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    •  small-scale subsistence farming changes everything (3+ / 0-)
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      Labor-intensive practices that are simple unfeasible (never mind profitable) for giant commercial farms become perfectly manageable when you're growing on small plots of land and plan on actually eating the food you grow.

      Something's wrong when the bad guys are the utopian ones.

      by Visceral on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 10:22:50 AM PST

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      •  And it's very possible to have (5+ / 0-)

        Multiple ways of farming, depending on the size of the farm and the amount of labor available to work it.

        In developing countries, there are often more people to work the farm, or willing to do so, and the farms are often smaller, so a more labor intensive method wouldn't be out of place. As long as the harvest was good and the investment small, it would be a good fit.

        On a larger farm, where there are fewer hands to do the work, other methods might be more appropriate.

        Farming certainly isn't a one size fits all endeavor.

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