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Growing Today For Tomorrow

Farmers have the biggest job on earth. The population is increasing — yet farmland isn't — so farmers have taken on the responsibility of producing high-qual...
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Although this video is produces by BASFA, an agricultural chemical company, it does have some interesting facts on farming and its growth.

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Alex Smiga's curator insight, February 13, 12:05 PM

One perspective on the GMO issue

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What nobody told me about small farming: I can’t make a living

What nobody told me about small farming: I can’t make a living | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
People say we're "rich in other ways," but that doesn't fix the ugly fact that most farms are unsustainable
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Hard work, long hours, few if any holidays. A farmer's life is hard. You on the other hand rely on them for everything you eat. 

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Sreya Ayinala's curator insight, March 15, 2015 8:48 PM

Unit 5 Agriculture

     The article explains the story of one small time organic farmer who is struggling to make a living off of agriculture. The woman owns a small farm and grows multiple types of organic foods, but is barely getting by and relies on a second job for income. 

      Commercial Agriculture has taken over the entire agricultural industry and now it has become almost impossible for small local organic farmers to make any money. As the government encourages and subsidizes farmers which grow only one crop, monoculture, crop biodiversity is dying out because GMOs are taking over all seeds. Organic farmers can not make any money, because a few major companies control the entire agriculture industry and our entire food production system. Subsistence farming used to be a way of life, but now it is impossible to do that and live in most parts of our world. 

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28 Fruits And Vegetables That You Had No Idea Grew Like That

28 Fruits And Vegetables That You Had No Idea Grew Like That | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
OK, some of these you might know, but the first time I saw Brussels sprouts in their true form , I literally screamed.
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Be ware of the unsightly language, but the surprising info is worth the read. Even I, the farmer, was surprised by a few!

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The Most Hilarious Parody Video I've Seen Yet: What Does The Farmer Say?

The Most Hilarious Parody Video I've Seen Yet: What Does The Farmer Say? | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
You will never look at farming the same way again after watching this.
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Vertical Farming Goes Commercial in Singapore

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Vertical farming allows Singapore to feed it's people without importing vegetables
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Good use of limited space for a city-state like Singapore

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Midwest Dairy Association

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Searching for a virtual agricultural experience for those in urban areas, I came across this sustainable dairy that uses robots to milk the cows. Having grown up on a dairy farm, this is like science fiction!

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The constant struggle of running a family farm in 21st century America

The constant struggle of running a family farm in 21st century America | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The farm-to-table frenzy has thousands of urbanites trading in their desks for the idylls of agriculture. But that organic utopia is easier dreamed than achieved.
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Small farms have been on the decline for decades. Farming is hard work with many challenges including the gamble on the weather, pests and financing. Mechanization has made growing crops faster/easier, but mechanization is expensive and often out of reach of small farms. Will there be a paradigm shift back to small farms?

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Americas Farmers

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Why are we helping to tell the farmer’s story? Because we have a responsibility to do so. America's farmers grow America. And they have a great story to tell.
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The Best and Worst States for Eating Locally

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Vermont takes the top spot in the 2013 Locavore Index.
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Hmmm Fl is a truck farming state for fruits and veggies and comes in the bottom 5?

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