Veggie productions inconvenient truth

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  • Mon, Jan 25, 2021 - 12:43pm

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    Netlej

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    Veggie productions inconvenient truth

Where I farm pretty much every acre of vegetable production is row after row of black plastic;

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Across the country there are millions of acres like this. The plastic often has water lines built into it. Every year it is pulled out and thrown away. A guy down the street has around 100 to 150 acres like this and when it is pulled up it is put into a pile that is almost as bit as his barn. It is dirty and chemical stained and can’t be recycled. This happens every year sometimes twice a year and this is just one grower. Some of the big growers have thousand acres or more like this. Some crops require an additional tube of clear plastic over the rows.

Then there are the hoop houses and green. houses. Most farms have many of them 100′ long each covered with clear plastic. Some of the plastic is five year rated, many are 2 or 3 year, some change them every year so they can cut out areas when needed. In Spain there is an area that grows most of the veg for Europe that is 900 sq km of side by side plastic green houses called Mar de Plástico and can be seen from space. They go through an enormous amount of plastic sheets every year all of which is thrown away, some is thrown off the cliffs surrounding the site into the sea. A friend drove the length of the Baja peninsula and said there were several areas where the hoop houses were all you could see on either side of the road for many miles.

There are thousands of areas like this around the world making vegetable production one of the biggest consumers of plastic.

This has been going on for a very long time and increasing every year racking up massive plastic waste. Many efforts have been made to change this reality but Growers say there is no alternative that is cost effective and they simply can not grow successfully without it.

  • Mon, Jan 25, 2021 - 02:49pm

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    robie robinson

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I have done this over many acres and will give you the equipment. Now it is draft horses. Got outa high input agriculture and sell now to individuals.

obtw, ivm over long term isn’t normal for ruminants and I suspect humans as well. Never have heard of consistent ivm usage for ruminants or equines at a frequency closer than 90 days!

I would suspect a cattleman, shepherd, farmer, optometrist, would use HCQ at 400 mg/week and save ivm for the realized infection.

just my suspicions, robie, a cattleman, shepherd, farmer, optometrist : chloroquine maculopathies are dose, weight,  time dependent

My prayer is that your mare be settled.

  • Mon, Jan 25, 2021 - 03:34pm

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    Netlej

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    Veggie productions inconvenient truth

Thanks for your reply robie – Sounds like you are in the right place at the right time.

Cheers!

jef

  • Mon, Jan 25, 2021 - 04:44pm

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    robie robinson

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    Veggie productions inconvenient truth

I apologize for any perceived arrogance. However, ivm might be best reserved as a tx not a prophylactic?

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