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  1. #1 Impact of agriculture on the local environment? 
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    I hope this is the appropriate subforum for this topic.

    I am wondering of anyone can help me.
    I'm looking for some online information about vineyard management and its impact on the surrounding environment. The information i'm looking for is about waste management, water supply and road usage. I've done considerable research on these topics but have found very few websites with relevant information. Perhaps the type of website that would cover these topics is one that highlights the general rules and regulations of vineyard management (what is acceptable for the local environment). The information in actual fact may not be exclusive to vineyard management but all types of agriculture and cultivation.

    If anyone here knows of such a website (for any type of agriculture even - it does not necessarily have to be specific to vineyards as the rules and regulations may be more or less the same), I would be very grateful for a recommendation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wojang
    I am wondering of anyone can help me.
    I'm looking for some online information about vineyard management and its impact on the surrounding environment.
    Yes, someone can help you. The someone is called a search engine.

    I used one, and came up with this:
    Our Vineyards
    plus many others.


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    I want to completly change the subject of this form, if I may. Thu sub heading impact of agriculture on the local environment, basically describes a book I am using as a research tool. It's called Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture by J. Russell Smith. J. Smith Russell discusses the growth of tree's that bear nuts to feed live stalk and humans. It could potentially supply alternative fuel as well.

    I haven't done enough research yet, but has any one ever thought about growing nut trees instead of corn?? Growing nut tree's sounds like the answer to a lot of problems. Such as erosion of land from arigation. THe need for more arigation of soil for corn field. Any one have any thoughts on the idea? Done any research?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenTree
    I want to completly change the subject of this form, if I may. Thu sub heading impact of agriculture on the local environment, basically describes a book I am using as a research tool. It's called Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture by J. Russell Smith. J. Smith Russell discusses the growth of tree's that bear nuts to feed live stalk and humans. It could potentially supply alternative fuel as well.

    I haven't done enough research yet, but has any one ever thought about growing nut trees instead of corn?? Growing nut tree's sounds like the answer to a lot of problems. Such as erosion of land from arigation. THe need for more arigation of soil for corn field. Any one have any thoughts on the idea? Done any research?
    I haven't read the book. Imagine, like many other things, it would depend on a lot of things. In Western Kansas for example there isn't enough soil moisture to support forest but farmers irrigate for corn instead. Would trees take even more water. In France it's common to feed pigs with a giant acorn species. What's the crop yield and are trees anymore man-power intensive to maintain and harvest from than grain crops. I think it's an interesting subject. Please post some links related to the idea.
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    One of the authors fundamental points is that the Tree's such as the carob, sugar tree, persimmon, chestnut, oak, persian, walnut and would be grown on hill side and used to produce milk, butter, breads and such for humans. Leaving the flat land agriculture, corn and such with no competition.

    One idea that struck me as ridiculously easy was the idea of having tree farms where animals would be raised and able to eat the nuts as they fell from the tree! Eliminating the need to use as much land to grow feed for live stock. Which leads right back to the need of water and prober land to grow the trees. From what I gather he doesn't touch a pone the problem of depletion of water, probably because when the book was written, it wasn't a problem.

    I encourage you to go out and by Almond Dream milk. I just went out last weekend and bought a tone of milks made from oats and nuts and so far the best is the almond dream. Test it with an open mind/heart to the idea.

    In the mean time I am going to check out what science says today about the harvesting rate, environmental need, and the space consumption of the trees mentioned. To see what or if any thing new has been reasearched in the past 120 years.
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