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Irrigated Saudi wheat field in green circles

Saudi Wells Running Dry of Water — End of Desert Wheat

(Source: Bloomberg, 4 Nov. 2015) Saudi Arabia “once grew so much of the grain that its exports could feed Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Yemen. The circular wheat farms, half a mile across with a central sprinkler system, spread across the desert in the 1980s and 1990s, visible … as green spots amid a […]

U.S. Capitol building

Politics

When people complain about ineffective government they often use the word “change”.  What they most often mean by this is that they want to “fix” the current system so that it works better than what they now see but still looks pretty much the same. But what do they think when the closer and more […]

Hydroponics

Indoor Farming

Review by Ron Miller “There is a real trend towards something called variously urban agriculture, indoor farming or vertical farming,” says Cary Mitchell, a horticulturist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The original idea was for skyscrapers filled with plants but was never realistic. Skyscrapers don’t come cheap. In New York City, a company […]