Bill Gates: Food Is Ripe for Innovation

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    Mar 23, 2013 3:50 PM GMT
    http://mashable.com/2013/03/21/bill-gates-future-of-food/
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    Mar 23, 2013 11:00 PM GMT
    The only way we can keep the planet going in the very long run will be if we start to synthesize our own food from carbon dioxide, nitrogen, water etc.

    It will be interesting to see what the first steps down this road produce!
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    Mar 23, 2013 11:02 PM GMT
    Sollent green is people!!!!


    Actually I am all for food innovation.
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    Mar 23, 2013 11:09 PM GMT
    Henry Ford thought about it. Purina people chow.

    Go fuck yourself.
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    Mar 23, 2013 11:12 PM GMT
    If they would invent the food pill like the jetsons - I would take it. I think it could also help cure obesity.

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    Mar 23, 2013 11:35 PM GMT
    Gates has it completely backwards.

    Grasslands evolved with huge herds of herbivores eating everything in sight, pissing and pooping and trampling the plant residues into the soils, creating the richest soils in world. The herds never stayed in one place too long because they were pursued by predators. The grasses send carbon 12 meters down into the soil, creating humus, a stable substance full of carbon. Humus holds moisture and fertility. It reverses desertification.

    Desertification happens by removing the huge herds that cause the disturbance and fertilization that the grasslands required. Conventional agriculture of plowing, planting soybeans, using fossil-fuel-based chemical fertilizers degrades the soils.

    Feed lot animals of course produce literally tons of greenhouse gasses. It's not the cows, it's how we manage them. Making fake meat from soy is not the answer. The answer is in increasing herd density, and doing rotational grazing to not just allow the land to recover, but to ever improve the soil.

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    Mar 23, 2013 11:44 PM GMT
    camfer saidGates has it completely backwards.

    Grasslands evolved with huge herds of herbivores eating everything in sight, pissing and pooping and trampling the plant residues into the soils, creating the richest soils in world. The herds never stayed in one place too long because they were pursued by predators. The grasses send carbon 12 meters down into the soil, creating humus, a stable substance full of carbon. Humus holds moisture and fertility. It reverses desertification.

    Desertification happens by removing the huge herds that cause the disturbance and fertilization that the grasslands required. Conventional agriculture of plowing, planting soybeans, using fossil-fuel-based chemical fertilizers degrades the soils.

    Feed lot animals of course produce literally tons of greenhouse gasses. It's not the cows, it's how we manage them. Making fake meat from soy is not the answer. The answer is in increasing herd density, and doing rotational grazing to not just allow the land to recover, but to ever improve the soil.




    I totally knew that. !! icon_eek.gif
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    Mar 23, 2013 11:51 PM GMT
    Awesomesauce!

    One more innovation they can make, not even a big deal, but helpful. Make plants grow taller, so we can advantage of the square footage above them too. Like corn stalks that are 10 or 15 feet tall, and held up with recycled plastic rods or something. That'd help create more yields of crops every year. Maybe someone can breed, or genetically modify the changes into the fruits and vegetables.
    Don't you dare say I have got too much free time, cause this just came to me. Someone, anyone, please take this idea and put it to practice. Thank you.
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    Mar 24, 2013 1:04 PM GMT
    Its definitely time to rethink agriculture in the U.S. - foods have become commodities and theres been too much focus on corn and dairy.