Re: [biochar] A new row to hoe, & 'Younger Dryas' Cooling
- View SourceAuthoritarians get confused. They think that if there isn't some authority doing research that research isn't being done. NIFA will likely contribute little if anything to agriculture. It's a jobs program for bureaucrats rather than something of use to the industry.
On 3/31/10, Erich Knight <erichjknight@...> wrote:
Nature has some interesting articles; Movement on Ag grants, and a new understanding on the ocean conveyor disruption.
A new row to hoe
The time is right to revitalize US agricultural research.
In nations where food is plentiful, it is easy to take that abundance for granted. In the United States, for example — a country rich in corn fields and pasturelands, and where shops overflow with cheap produce — agricultural research has languished for years under comparatively low budgets and disorganized funding priorities. In the 2009 economic stimulus bill, for example, the National Science Foundation received a $3-billion boost and the National Institutes of Health got $10 billion — but the Department of Agriculture's internal research programme was allocated just $176 million, all of which was restricted to improving facilities.http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v464/n7289/full/464650a.html
River reveals chilling tracks of ancient floodThe " 'Younger Dryas' cooling, 13,000 years ago. Picking through evidence from Canada's Mackenzie River, geologists now believe they have found traces of this flood, revealing that cold water from North America's dwindling ice sheet poured into the Arctic Ocean, from where it ultimately disrupted climate-warming currents in the Atlantic."
"assumed flood pathway down the St Lawrence River into the North Atlantic; or along a possible alternative route southwards through the Mississippi basin. Now it is clear why: the flood did occur; it just took a different route."