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Spain hasn’t seen this kind of heavy rains, snow, and ice since the 1980s. Back then, European lifestyle was more self sufficient. As modern technology and large scale farming has expanded, self sufficiency has deteriorated. Europe is more dependent on concise “food basket” regions and supermarket shelf distribution than ever before.
This string of weather events has crippled the region. It started with flooding then climaxed with a hard freeze. The extreme frost left many crops under ice. When it all thawed, farmers were unable to clean what they had and replant.
As rationing hits supermarket shelves in Europe, these self sufficient grow systems and clean storeable food options can provide energy abundance and nutrition for anyone, during any crisis, right in their own home. This is how to live healthy and be independent no matter what strikes.
originally posted by: paraphi
A couple of observations.
1. We don't need more intensification of agriculture as that's catastrophic for the countryside and wildlife esp. in the UK.
2. Open to "High Tech" farming ideas, but if that means square miles of endless glasshouses and industrialisation in the countryside then bin it. High tech usually equates to tasteless and no wildlife, because wildlife is dirty.
3. In the UK post Brexit, we'll be able to buy our food with other places. Why import from Spain (EU) when we could strike deals with, and nurture good farming practice, in more favourable places.
BTW I am not against GMOs per se, but I am against mono-culture, reduced variety and environmental degradation. GMOs could reduce the need for damaging pesticides, but they could also encourage intensification.
originally posted by: carabao
a reply to: Cobaltic1978
Yes, strawberries grown in greenhouses tastes bland. Same as blueberries grown in greenhouses. Point is?