posted on May, 2 2014 @ 06:14 AM
a reply to: DerbyGawker
That is an interesting observation, and perfectly possible to boot. Hyper aggressive agricultural methodology can result in desertification. The
Chinese had massive problems with such things not too long back in fact. Rural farmers who were part of generations of farming families, were finding
the land becoming drier and harder to grow on, purely because they were producing so much that the soil itself was becoming stripped of all its
However, a team of researchers had put together a plan to reclaim land which had been affected in this way, by a carefully modulated program of
planting hardy vegetation which could put up with the terrain conditions, which would then die off after a time and replenish a certain amount of the
nutrients in the soil, followed by a new, different batch of plants to build on top of that, and slowly re-invigorate the area under its control.
The method has been successful in some regions of China, and Yemen I believe. I think there was a thread about it on ATS many moons ago.
The reason that I mention all this, is that North Korea is heavily populated, AND cannot trade with many other nations, due to the foreign policy it
has toward other nations, and the policies and sanctions upon it from outside. So it has to produce a vast percentage of its own edibles which means
that agriculture there will focus largely on high volume, and will not necessarily allow time for the soil to replenish its reserves of water and
mineral richness, and it is precisely this sort of farming which causes desertification.
Desertification also means that there are going to be places where what vegetation does exist, will be dry as a bone, and that will only add to the
problems of wildfires, in addition to fires set by farm operators there. If a certain percentage of the regions arable land becomes a desert, then the
consequences could be catastrophic, since the land would no longer be able to support the population. The governments response to that could be an
attempt at expansion, before their resources disappear completely, or population reduction with the intent of dropping the number of mouths to feed to
a level which is supportable given the resources at hand.
Neither bodes well if you ask me.