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Richard D. DuarteArticle #12“Redesigning agriculture”George Boody and Brian Devore April 13, 2017Author Note:George Boody is the Executive Director of the Land Stewardship Project (LSP). In addition to management responsibilities, he directs interdisciplinary projects that measure and predict ecological and financial benefits from diversified farming systems and assists with federal and state policy initiatives.Brian Devore is a seasoned business strategist and documented healthcare innovator. Proven ability to identify channels and strategic alliances needed to drive revenue opportunities. Solid understanding of how technology impacts workflow, organization and talent needs. Strong communication, negotiation and presentation skills. Sought after speaker for employer, technology and policy topics.
During the past half-dozen years there has been an intensive debate among agriculturalists, environmentalists, scientists, policymakers, and, most recently, nutritionists about how to restore ecological functions to agricultural land. Smil describes how the ability to circumvent the natural nitrogen cycle and create this critical nutrient in a factory has become both a blessing and a curse, a long-term dependence with many negative consequences. Fritz Haber successfully synthesized atmospheric nitrogen into ammonia fertilizeron 2 July 1909, he made one of the greatest scientific discoveries of the 20th century. the major source of natural nitrogen is through lightning and specialized bacteria in legumes such as alfalfa the American agricultural system has been affected more by the Haber-Bosch process than corn production. Science can quantify the potential impacts of high-yield production. Local food and farming systems can provide ecosystem services such as cleaner water, open space, and wildlife habitat. Agriculture make it clear that synthetic nitrogen use could be reduced by reintegrating crop and livestock systems and making locally produced food a greater proportion of the diet.
Pollan is convinced that creating a locally based food and farming system is the