Sea Level Rise, Climate Change, Agriculture and Farm Lands
"Megadroughts"...A Stark Reminder of Why Raising Fields Is Essential For Food Security
February 14, 2015
Key Economic Messages From Harvey Ruvin and Bill Gates..."We Can't Delay the Fight Against Sea Level Rise."
November 1, 2014
Preparing Plants for Growth in Warmer Temperatures
May 11, 2015
Every Florida Acre Is Precious
December 10, 2014
Florida land broker Ben Crosby, writing in AG Professional on December 8, 2014, asked, "Florida: Where did all the farmland go?"
According to Croby, "There isn't enough farmland on the [Florida] market to satisfy the demand." Citing increased land prices in the Midwest and long-lasting water deprivation in Texas and California, he argues farmers want "to relocate" in Florida.
Meanwhile, The World Bank, on December 4, 2014, urged investments in soil. Ademola Braimoh, writing for the Bank, notes: "...over 4 billion hectares of man-made deserts" have been produced across the globe due to "compromised soil health" and other factors. Land degradation and soil erosion are other factors threatening farming productivity.
Braimoh advocates "Climate-Smart Agriculture" to enhance resilience. As the world looks to new technologies, the message he sends indirectly to Florida is clear. Make the most of the land you have, and do what you can to preserve as much soil resources as possible.
Our take: As the rest of the nation increasingly realizes the need for sustainable growing fields in the Sunshine State, now is the time to fortify the future of Florida agriculture with innovative tools such as raised fields. Every acre of Florida soil counts. With sea level rise, each acre of elevated landscapes will count longer.
You can see the entire AGProfessional.com post here. The World Bank article is here.
"The Story of Florida Agriculture" video is courtesy of the University of Florida IFAS/YouTube.