This is How You Make Bread and French Fries

First, you take the shrub steppe of the lower Snake River. Then you add petroleum-based fertilizer (white tank) and water (six deep well pumps). This combination makes bread. It’ll be seeded again in the fall. This is called letting the land rest. When humans farmed their food, it was a way of allowing the microbial communities of the soil replenish themselves, often with soil-building crops. I’m unclear as to what stubble is supposed to contribute.P1920520To make french fries, you need to rush around a bit more.

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More plastic water pipes on the way!

Farming is a construction enterprise these days, not much different than building freeways or resort hotels. You can see the pivot point for a circular sprinkler system on the left.  Note how the wind turbines in the background, above the Columbia and Walla Walla rivers, power the pumps and sprinkler engines. If this isn’t sci-fi, I don’t know what is. The poplars in the back are part of a system designed to cut the wind, to allow apples to be grown in this shrub steppe, too. This is how you colonize a planet you don’t know. In case you’re wondering, in the shrub steppe across the road, someone is growing peas… at 100 degrees Fahrenheit. If you know anything about growing peas (or about the recent history of farming in California), you know how silly and doomed that is.

3 thoughts on “This is How You Make Bread and French Fries

  1. No-one promised that the species who made it their business to colonise the entire, poor planet had ‘common sense’ (despite an elevated opinion of their own intelligence.)

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  2. Trying to grow peas in that heat is utter nonsense. Are they planning to have lettuce as well? Some farmers, if they don’t know that many crops prefer to be COOL.

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