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Not Quite 100 Million, but It Is a Start

A few years back Stuart Staniford, (who is one of the most brilliant people I know) and I had a lively debate about the future of small scale agriculture over at The Oil Drum. Stuart argued that agriculture would continue to get bigger and more industrialized, because its fossil fuel dependency really wasn’t that great.…

Hi Folks – Back from the wedding and shivaree, and catching up…slowly. Tired and have much farm stuff to catch up on as well, so bear with me one more day. In the meantime, Fred Pearce has a great essay in Nature on what’s wrong with the UN population revisions that anticipate 10+billion by the…

Demography is Always Political

I was struck today by the news that the Italian region of Lombardy is going to start paying women not to have abortions. As a demographic move, it is a comparatively small and insignificant one, in a nation already well below replacement rate. If this resulted in the cancellation of every abortion in the region,…

Note: This is the beginning of a multi-part series on agricultural education, the farming demographic crisis and the question of who will grow our food – what the problems are, how we will find new farmers, how they will be trained. To me, this is one of the most urgent questions of our time. A…