week7.doc - Study Questions Anth 353\/Sustn 353 Week 7 Pollan pp 32-56 1 Compare contrast George Naylors grandfathers farm with his current one(p34,38

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Study Questions Anth 353/Sustn 353Week 7Pollan pp. 32-561.Compare & contrast George Naylor’s grandfather’s farm with his current one. (p34,38)Grandfather:Supported family on dozen different species of plants & animal Land & labor supplied enough to feed family & 12 others Corn 4thmost common. Horses 1stDiversity allowed farm not only to substantially feed itself-& by that don’t mean feed only farmers, but also soil & livestock- but towith stand collapse in market for any 1 of crops Different landscape than Iowa today George Naylor: Raising nothing but corn & soybeans on fairly typical Iowa farm, so astoundingly productive that he’s, in effect, feeding 129 Measured in terms of output per worker, American farmers like Naylor most productive humans who ever livedTho farm might fed 129, can no longer support 4 who live on itSurvives on Peggy Naylor’s paycheck Crops inedible-commodities must be processed or fed to livestock before can feed peopleWater everywhere & not drop to drinkLike most of Iowa, which now imports 80% of food, farm basicallyfood desert2.What key factor allows hybrid corn to produce such high yields? (p37)Can be planted so close togetherBred for thicker stocks & higher root systems, better to stand upright in crowd & with stand mechanical harvestingCan tolerate corn equivalent of city life, growing amid multitudes withoutsuccumbing to urban stress
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