The Next Green Revolution
Science prevented the last food crisis. Can it save us again?
Africa’s cropland biome occupies ~38% of the photo synthetically active land area of the African continent (~19.8 M km2) and encompasses more than 90% of its rural population living in 54 countries.
We must concentrate on the biomes of Africa that include forests and rangelands, but exclude deserts
Overall Region of Interest
A big, risky decision for small holder farmers is what type and how much fertilizer to apply to their crops. There is lot of uncertainty about how the crops will respond, with a risk that the farmers will even lose when they harvest and sell the produce. Testing the soil beforehand and knowing how plants will respond can play an important role in reducing this risk. But the high cost and lack of access to testing services have been major bottlenecks for farmers in developing countries.
Similarly, planners in governments, the private sector and non-governmental organizations who are working out what to supply to small holder farmers are also faced with large uncertainties on what types and combinations of inputs to supply and where, in relation to the local soils. For example, a number of agencies in Africa are designing fertilizer blending and liming programs and so need to know how strongly acid soils are and what soil micro nutrients may be limiting in different areas. Existing soil maps do not provide up-to-date information on specific soil properties that are needed to guide such decisions.
New advances in rapid, low-cost soil analytical techniques in the laboratory that simply measure light reflecting from a soil sample are reducing the cost of measuring soil properties. Soil infrared spectroscopy allows a soil sample to be scanned in just 30 seconds and the resulting fingerprint used to predict a number of soil properties based on calibration databases. And this costs just $1 compared with at least $100 using conventional soil testing methods. With the availability of satellite imagery and from space and now unmanned aerial vehicles at ever increasing spatial resolution (250 metres to sub-metre), it is becoming possible to make high resolution soil property maps at low cost.
To successfully close the gap, we’ll need to adopt a variety of innovative strategies. We must produce more crops, while more efficiently using the food we already grow.
What are we to do?
Resistance for conservatives and fossil fuel interests cause the greatest conflict of our times. Even politicians, who are addicted to carbon tax, waste this tax revenue on their favorite hobbies. Those revenues should be used to absorb CO2, which are causing global warming.
We simply can’t function on fossil fuel use of any proportion without wrecking our climate. The issue is how fast we can stop burning fossil fuels. It’s not that we can’t do anything: it we won’t.
We need committed and courageous leaders at the top. We don’t need meekly voting for the so called “lesser evil”.
We need sufficient money to meet these deniers head on. Where are our so called ‘green’ billionaires?
It has been estimated that 15- 36 GtC could be stored in tropical plantations: that translates into 15 – 36 billion trees, with each tree absorbing on ton of carbon over its lifetime. Obviously that goal is too high, but we can aim to plant 7 billion tropical trees, one for every person on earth.
Aside from saving the planet, Are Tropical Nurseries a Good Investment?
Most of the funds would come from the carbon tax that would be used to match private investments. A $100,000 tree nursery (bare bones: $60,000) will be contracted for a payout in the first 25 years of carbon absorption. Afterwards, this revenue will continue to support the tropical country involved and the landlord’s pension.
A well planned tree nursery can grow geometrically. Tree seeds are supported by adequate fertilizer and water. The fertilizer is supported by the rabbit-fish feature of the tree nursery. The HUG Energy System transfers irrigated water long distances from the rivers.
The grass root support comes from women farmers and their families who are given leased lands and nursery stock. Their children are encouraged to begin raising rabbits themselves. Before the orchard trees become productive, they will farm vegetables on land between the small trees. The Today’s Tall Tree Nursery will be located near a technical school in order to train forestry, nursery, rabbit farming and fish farming.
In the drier Sahel part of Africa, biochar techniques are used to introduce carbon for fertilization in the ground
The tropical countries themselves can benefit from a reasonable tax, since they are supporting this venture with business leaders and agronomists. This becomes a new form of foreign aid for the country.
The politicians who love to line their pockets will not have access to any funding. If a tropical country does not wish to cooperate with anti corruption laws, we will simply concentrate our efforts on countries that do.
The administration for these efforts come from a non-profit company, Living Water MicroFinance Inc.
Agroforestry could help solve Climate Change.
HELPING SOLVE WORLD’S CARBON POLLUTION
- New Trees are the only solution to soaking up Carbon Dioxide:
A Full Scale Aquaponic Tree Nursery in Africa supported by:
- A Micro Hydro Electric System: no dams: HugENERGY.us
- An Irrigation System: NORTHydro.com
- A Rabbit and Fish Farm: AfriCAPITALISM.us
- An Agroforestry Intercrop System: LivingWaterIs.com
- The Charitable Arm: SunnyUp.net
- God’s Loveletters: Godloveletters.com
- Thunder of Justice: ThunderofJustice.com
- Deliverance Is: DeliveranceIs.com
Stage 1 Agricultural Mechanization of Africa
Stage 2 Today’s Tall Trees Nursery: Carbon Tax Fund
Stage 3 Micro Finance & Landlord Cooperatives
Stage 4 Irrigation in Remote Areas using kinetic energy from moving water.
Stage 5 Electricity Created in Remote Areas using moving water without the use of a dam.