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Moldova's rich soil and temperate continental climate (with warm summers and mild winters) have made the country one of the most productive agricultural regions and a major supplier of agricultural products in the region.

I remember an exchange with Helen regarding (I think) Bulgaria, which has somewhat similar conditions - generally poor, but less reliant on complex, energy driven technologies. Remember, though, that any region considered to be agriculturally productive is relying on fossil fuel intensive green revolution fertilizers and pesticides. Just because the products are hauled around by bike and cart doesn't change that.

Come to think of it a GDP / total energy use chart would be another nice data point.

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by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Tue May 27th, 2008 at 06:13:25 PM EST
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It is always possible, locally, to return to use of animal dung fertilizer, crop rotation with legumes, etc.  Won't support high population density but might not have to. Hell, I grew up milking a cow, letting most of the milk curdle and feed to the pig, keeping a few chickens and tending a large garden.  We have a working well on the property in case city water becomes problematic or too expensive for irrigation.  I didn't expect things to go to hell as fast as they have, but the wife did, (on totally other grounds.)  

Best of all, I don't need to drive much, and can still ride a bike if need be. I have always kinda dismissed the survivalists, but now....

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu May 29th, 2008 at 01:27:32 AM EST
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Ya know, we'r all just a bunch uh dumb Arkies here. :-)

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu May 29th, 2008 at 01:34:06 AM EST
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The US is not very densely populated.

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu May 29th, 2008 at 04:03:12 AM EST
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