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Putting Global Food on the Map

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Researchers hailing from Mongolia, India, Turkey, western Europe, New Hampshire, Maryland and Northern Arizona University have just started mapping the world's crops in the finest detail ever.


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JL A (281)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 10:23 am
Quote from article:
"Ultimately, about 20 people will spend the next five years using satellite data to piece together what grows where around the globe, and whether it's irrigated or rain-fed.

A handful of the primary researchers are meeting at the U.S. Geological Survey this week to plot how they'll proceed with a $3.5 million NASA grant.

The general idea is to look at where the earth grows food now, and where it might come from in the future, when water supplies are more heavily demanded."

Joanne D (38)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 11:40 am
This will be tremendously valuable information. I don't suppose they will also map GMO versus non-GMO?

Kit B (276)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 11:43 am

Why the University of Wisconsin-Madison --- best geological department in the country.

This sounds great, but the USGS has become increasingly a mouthpiece for government goals, particularly with oil and gas information. That gives me some pause to wonder if they will give honest and unvarnished facts about how the soils have been and can expect to be affected by the use of GMO products.

That said, we do need an international project of this size and scope, just not advocating for a pre-determined use of GMOs because it works to a political advantage for this or any government.
Stepping off my soap box now.

Kit B (276)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 11:44 am

Ummm....great minds Joanne?

JL A (281)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 11:53 am
Thanks Joanne and Kit for advising less savvy readers of what to watch for as this project progresses.
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Terry V (30)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 11:54 am

JL A (281)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 12:28 pm
You are welcome Terry

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 1:07 pm

Paul Girardin (126)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 1:24 pm
Noted & shared!

It's a start ... Should be helpful if everybody pitches in!

JL A (281)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 1:27 pm
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Past Member (0)
Monday June 24, 2013, 9:42 am
sounds good


Amanda Ashworth (2)
Monday June 24, 2013, 10:33 am
thank you.

JL A (281)
Monday June 24, 2013, 10:36 am
You are welcome Amanda.
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Helen Porter (39)
Monday June 24, 2013, 11:10 pm
may hunger be no more

John De Avalon (36)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 5:44 am
The livestock industry is the elephant in the room. It is instrumental in destroying the planet and the natural world.
Humankind must revert to a plant-based diet, which is the only sustainable route to feed the growing human population and preserve wildlife.

JL A (281)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 7:30 am
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