What The Drought Of 2012 Tells Us About Industrial Agriculture

Ooh! Ooh! Me! That we need to stop destroying dams and impound more water, right?

Probably not where this article is headed though:

The summer’s extreme weather is starting to expose cracks in the system.

I grew up on farms in Iowa and Wisconsin, surrounded by a family of farmers and agricultural workers, all of whom grew corn. I have never heard any farmer say, “Wow, we got the perfect amount of rain this year.” It’s never perfect, and farming is a tough business. There have been droughts before, and it looks like there will certainly be more droughts in the future. However, the summer of 2012 has been historic in several ways:

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3 responses to “What The Drought Of 2012 Tells Us About Industrial Agriculture

  1. Burning food to drive is loony. But we can always import ethanol if we like, no? Ethanol from sugar is much more ‘sustainable’, too. So why not buy from say Brazil? Oh, I know: we have to keep all those ethanol refiners in business. I guess once you start down the stupid road, you pick up more stupidities as you go.

  2. minor nit: “This decrease in supply of course increases demand, increasing the price of corn,…”

    no, less supply does not increase demand. go back to Econ 101.

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