All posts by Mordanicus

Space advocate, author, classical republican, classical liberal, religious humanist, religious naturalist.

Future Food: Ferming

George Manbiot has an interesting opinion piece in The Guardian: Lab-grown food will soon destroy farming – and save the planet. To quote him:

It’s a primordial soup of bacteria, taken from the soil and multiplied in the laboratory, using hydrogen extracted from water as its energy source. When the froth was siphoned through a tangle of pipes and squirted on to heated rollers, it turned into a rich yellow flour. Continue reading Future Food: Ferming

Forward to 2020

Some parts of the world already live in 2020, while others have to wait for another few hours. Anyway, we wish everyone a happy new year!

This will be an import year. In the summer I hope to migrate to a new, non-WordPress site. However, simultaneously I will be busy setting up my own IT Security business.  So new content will be sparse the coming months.

Slavery and modern management

The following article in the New York Times, American Capitalism Is Brutal, You Can Trace That To The Plantation, describes in an excellent manner how modern management systems have their roots in slavery and plantation economy. A short summary: an efficient plantation required an elaborate bookkeeping to keep track of each slave’s productivity. Hence a multilayered system of supervision of labor was necessitated. Continue reading Slavery and modern management

Intercropping

Recently we discussed the intercropping of coffee and bananas, though this is far from the only possible combination. Here are a few links to other examples of polyculture:

Rubber with coffee or cocoa

Coffee and macadamia

According to the first link the combination of rubber and lemons were never profitable. This because of the low price of lemons. However, this might (or not) be different if the peels would be used to produce textiles.

The second article states that not only does the combination of coffee and macadamia result in much larger yields but also improves soil fertility.