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But for this you have to go back from intensive monoculture to extensive crop rotation.

It is clear what the CAP moneys should be used for, but just like with peak oil, nobody wants to talk about the elephant in the room because we're too focused on me, me, me, and my right to eat what I want when I want, and "our way of life is non-negotiable", yadda, yadda, yadda.

A little more churning and policy proposals on all areas will be flowing out of this blog like you wouldn't believe.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jan 26th, 2006 at 02:01:50 PM EST
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nailed in one, migeru!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Jan 26th, 2006 at 02:22:48 PM EST
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Yup.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 26th, 2006 at 02:57:35 PM EST
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Yes indeedy.

The other point (after intensive monoculture => extensive rotation) is that organic meat production is of necessity extensive. Intensive animal production with nice organic feed pellets doesn't cut it, since intensive rearing causes ill-health and needs antibiotics etc to prop it up. This means intensive animal rearing => extensive a.r. => we all eat less meat. It means more extensive production on land that is less suited to crop production (hills, mountains, moorlands), that the current productivist model has gradually abandoned to become scrub.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Jan 26th, 2006 at 03:40:37 PM EST
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