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  1. brett knoss

    In Saskatchewan, discers, a wide disc plough, would make very large, sometimes 6' high ridges, and grooves in fields, but I never knew they were ever used as land boundaries. It's also interesting, that you mentioned the enclosure act, but not the Homestead Act, which organized American western settlement, but where also 60% of deeds issued, were for farms with established property rights. Although both pale in scale, relative to the Dominion Lands Act, which surveyed the Canadian Prairies.

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  2. DonVoghano

    In Italy the main reason for attacking GMOs and Glyphosate is protectionism and that's why many farmers are on board with it despite the fact that most farmers know it's all bollocks…

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  3. Rootkis

    The current issue with farming is preventing phosphate runoff from affecting our oceans and cause issues like the one that recently affected the gulf coast of Florida. It's an extremely complex field and there's no doubt that GMOs and "chemicals" have benefited our food industry tremendously. But we are only human and we can only predict so far into the future. We need to continue encouraging each other to to find good science important and our children to find science interesting so we can have more and more brilliant minds working on these substantial issues.

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  4. Sir Zorg

    as a 'murican farmer, I would say that the genetic revolution is just as important if not more so than the digital one, as there is no better way to control dandelions in alfalfa (a perennial crop that cannot be tilled mid-lifecycle).
    I feel like I have learned some things in this video, such as the importance of soil structure as opposed to just soil chemistry.
    I am very jealous of your tractor. My tractors are two 50 year old Allis Chalmers and a Massey Ferguson, and require constant maintenance to keep them running well. the cab interior is rusted steel plates and windows with questionable fixtures, which are usually enough to keep out the dust, but not much else. there are no comfort features, and the only tractor-based computers we have run the baler net wrap and monitoring, and use a calculator-like display. GPS is a pipe dream.

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  5. A Google User

    One of the most interesting aspects of the Green Revolution to me is the Haber-Bosch process, or it's inventor Fritz Haber Depending on the sources, the Haber-Bosch process is vital to the food supply of 30-50% of the world's population. Haber has undoubtedly fed billions of people. On the other hand, he was the leading scientist of German chemical warfare in World War 1. He makes for quite interesting ethical discussions.

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  6. Nebojša G.

    The govermnent didn't "change the way farming happened" it raped the popular masses of England of their ancestral rights to their land and gave it all to aristocratic bloodsuckers.
    People weren't "allowed" to go into towns and cities, they fled there, hoping to find some better way to survive, because the lords were bringing in new technology and didn't need them anymore, even as daylabourers.
    They found a squalid, overcrowded hellscape.

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  7. N BOR

    About the farm, there are some interesting questions to answer:
    First of, is the farm a monoculture? If so, why is monoculture used instead of multiculture?
    Secondly, are there (no) alternatives to pesticides?
    Thirdly, why do some sources say that today's food is less nutricious than yesterday's food?

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  8. N BOR

    After those revolutions, decentralisation is getting more important than ever.
    Speaking of which, you already can start trying non-circulating hydroponics. Which can be performed on a low tech level, by creating boxes that keep the water in and that can be filled with water, either by using a bucket or collecting rain.
    One professor who has done this is known as Kratky from the university of Hawaii.
    At least try what he did in practice. Imagine having a farm in house

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  9. Celina K

    10:01 like NPK instead of trace nutrients
    Instead of name dropping people, I wish he gave examples, like; when we found out so and so caused parkinson, we stopped using it in 20XX .

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  10. John McC

    Who said… "when the twin towers collapsed i looked and shrugged it off"? What kind of callous person or (persons) would say such a thing? I mean as there were people being burned alive people falling to there deaths as there husbands wives daughters sons fathers mothers children watched on live tv 1, 2 or 3 perons or (person) said.. "as the twin towers fell i looked and shrugged it off". I know.. unbelievable right! I mean this person must feel terrible about themselves.. what do think? U know who u are.. right? Mmmm

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