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Hackett Financial Advisors: We’re going to have to come up with new ways of growing food


In a recent interview with AgWeb, the president and CEO of Hackett Financial Advisors, Shawn Hackett, explains why he thinks our civilization will have to come up with new ways of growing food over the next 5 years. 

"Things are happening that haven’t happened in a long time," said Hackett. "It’s just the beginning."

"We have data that goes back to the 1600s and 1800s from ice core samples, tree rings, and from actually written testimony of the kind of problems that they had,” said Hackett.

"We are not doomist and gloomist, that's not our modus operandi," he said. "But the world we are heading into is a world of food scarcity and local famines."

"It’s not going to be pleasant. It’s going to be a very difficult time. We’re going to have to come up with new ways of growing food in this more difficult environment."

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  1. I call BS. We have more than enough food, what we have is unwillingness to lose some profits now so that all we all get fed. AgCorps need to create worldwide distribution nets & you would see we actually don’t need over 20% of currently cultivated land.

  2. Aquaponics! Every so many houses on a street should have an aquaponics farm in place; fish for protein, whose waste feeds plant roots; plants grow much faster in water than they do in soil and a wide variety of food can be grown this way. Add in vermiculture (earthworms) for the fish feed and you have an easy self contained system. All that’s needed is a small amt of electricity to run the pumps, and a patio sized farm can grow enough vegetables and protein to provide for a family plus a good income in only a few hours a day. See yang2020.com for other ideas on our coming technological issues which will make many lower skilled jobs replaced by robots. Aquaponics information is available for free on the web (any climate) and at local agriculture govt outlets.

  3. We are going to have to turn to the intensive cultivation of microbes (woolfia, spirulina, etc.), insects and small rodents for low footprint, high quality protein in the future.

    Fifty percent of all the food produced goes to waste uneaten. One way or another, that must stop.

    Unfortunately, larger quadrupeds are unsustainable as anything but once or twice a year, luxury food items. Not to mention their industrial imprisonment and massacre is a moral blot on our souls.

    I’m more and more convinced that what we lost in the Garden of Eden was our direct identification (thought speech) with all living things. Once we lost that, compassion became an artificial exercise for us instead of a day to day routine. The last animal we talked with was the Serpent. We’ve beeb cut off ever since, by the so-called fruit of the Tree of Knowledge.

  4. As an Alaskan I worry about this, we are cut off from the lower 48 and when the groceries quit coming or are to expensive to buy people are going to starve to death. Right now is the time to get with your neighbors and start a community garden of sorts, share what you can or trade with your neighbors for their extras. I plan on planting extra this year, and putting up a greenhouse as well as doing some indoor growing of lettuces, and salad makings, herbs ect… medicinal herbs will be included. Also folks, don’t forget your local area, where I am we have many different plants and herbs that grow naturally with many wonderful benefits as well as filling the belly! Composting your kitchen waste will also help make beneficial dirt for growing as well. Best of luck and much love to all~ may the great spirit protect us all.

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