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To use every bit of land that is fertile and use the food as to barter for In example: oil,cars,anything of value that our country needs.

When I look at the planet as a whole I see to many people dwindling resources and the fact that our nation has one resource that is being under utilized ( Farming). I live in the mountains and there are areas that is deforested and no effort to replant it with fruit and nut trees as I would suggest. We can grow anything in this country with our diverese climates. Apples,oranges,corn and wheat.How many other countries can that? You need food and water to live among other things. Our capactity to produce food makes it our gold our oil and its renewable. We just need to use every inch of land available.Look at the jobs it would create for example trucking,exporting,proscessing plants. I know people will say we are already doing that' But!!! Look around, are we? Part B: food is power. Why? Everyone needs it but not all areas in this world can produce it. We as a nation need to use this renewable resource as leverage in the world just as the oil producing nations are doing with their oil. The plus is one day they will run out of oil but they will always need food.Food equals jobs and power. No Brainer

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  • Apr 4 2012: Of course, vast tracts of land need irrigation. Just look at Nebraska, where mile-wide perfect circles of irrigation zones and one-radian angles sweep across areas, likely using fossil water from the Ogallala Aquifer. Other projects like energy (and sadly, biofuels from corn) require land space. Maybe the issue is not occupying all the land with agricultural, but updating our agricultural methods to include permaculture, hydroponics, vertical farming etc. Low-impact or zero impact farming, alongside non-monoculture and non-GE/GM plantations would help too, especially for simultaneous food crop and cash crop production. First World countries typically produce less agricultural product as a fraction of its total GDP than do developing countries, because developed countries tend to be more service-sector oriented. A great paradox is that the high-agricultural producing countries often have less access to food as money is needed to buy everything, and famines in huge proportions are typically preventable, though some are caused by adverse weather. The American Breadbasket is now under threat from global warming. What we need is better farming methods, otherwise it's unlikely we'll be able to feed more billions of people as the population grows under the stress of reduced arable land (from development and environmental factors) in the coming few decades.

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