The Demise of Food

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Majority of people go to a store to purchase food. Recently in the United States, some food products are not on the shelf. Regardless of where you live, you need food to survive. But where does food come from?

As an example of illustration, a can of green beans. We find the can of green beans on a store shelf. The can of green beans arrived at the store via delivery truck from a warehouse. The can of beans along with hundreds of cans of beans arrive at the warehouse from a production facility. At the production facility is when the can of green beans was created. What goes into a can of green beans.

First, the facility has to have green beans. They arrive in crates, are cleaned, chopped, and blanched or lightly cooked with steam, and ultimately placed in a metal can, with water and sealed. The first item needed is the green beans. Where do they get the crates of green beans?

The crates of green beans comes from a cool storage facility that purchases the green beans from farmers. Farmers sell or store the green beans they spent a year in growing at these cool storage facilities, until a production facility purchases the green beans.

The farmer has acres of land they plow, seed and pray for rain for the plants to grow and produce their fruit of green beans. When the beans are ready, the farmer harvests and ships to the cool storage facility. A year of work.

In Indiana they are in the process of putting over tens of thousands of farm acreage into solar power. Covering the area that once produced corn into solar panel electric farms. I know of these solar farms, as my son is working on the installation of the solar farms, to be completed in seven or eight years.

This is also taking place in other states. I am for green energy, but at what cost. In Indiana they do not want wind generation as the windmills are unsightly. I agree, Texas has many wind farms, and the skyline is ruined. But with wind farms, the land is still able to used for wheat, cotton and cattle production. With solar panel farms, only sheep are able to graze. Cattle destroy the solar panels by rubbing on them to scratch an itch. Sheep are smaller and can not damage the solar panel. The solar panels are placed close, a farmer is unable to work the ground or harvest.

I live on ten acres of land. I raise sheep. I produce enough lamb to feed five families for a year. If I were to raise my own food, I could raise enough vegetables for my husband and myself for a year, but I would not be able to raise wheat for flour, sugar cane for sugar, and other items. I could only raise enough vegetables and limited fruit for my husband and I for a year. I would still have to purchase flour, sugar, spices, dairy products, coffee or tea, and cleaning products from a store.

The need for electricity is growing, the demand is high. With the push for everyone to have electric vehicles, and all appliances in a home being electric creates a high demand. The shutting down of coal generated electric in twelve years, 2035. Solutions to supplying an increased demand for electricity with fewer power plants is solar and wind generation. There is plans to have all natural gas generated electricity stopped in 2050.

Texas during this heat wave is to hit the required use of 80,000 megawatts of electricity per day. Only 20% percent of the electricity produced in Texas is from wind and solar. Texas is leading in the production of green energy.

If hundreds of thousands of acres are removed from the production of wheat, corn, soybeans, etc., where will we get the “green beans” to place on our dinner table?

amtolle

2 thoughts on “The Demise of Food”

  1. A good debate to be had. Technology has changed the farming industry, too. Just two generations ago, my family members made their living by traditional farming and ranching. I still have friends doing that but no doubt it’s changing drastically. There are things like hydroponic farms and I’m sure many I have heard of yet but technology allows production of grains, etc in much smaller spaces with more efficient use

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    1. Hydroponic farming is limited in the crops produced. I have a cousin using hydroponics for some vegetable production for his restaurant. One limiting factor is pollinators, if pollination is required for fruit production the crop is very hard to grow indoors. Hydroponic farms use a lot of electricity. There is research being done to improve and find solutions to the limitations, such as pollinators.
      I have been looking at and experimenting with hydroponics since my cousin introduced the system to me.
      Hydroponics is a farming solution.

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