An Agricultural Wasteland in the Okanagan

Here’s an example of how much land is used for machines and how little for growing food.

High Density Apple Orchard in Bella Vista

I’d say that was about 75% for tractors, and 25% for food. Just to be clear, 50 years ago the statistics were different. Because trees were bigger and filled in the space at height and as the season progressed and because the fruit brought the branches down and filled the entire orchard, the proportions were a little different: up to 5% for tractors and 95% for food. We’re going backwards. No wonder the orchard below was torn out last winter to be planted in tomatoes.

That pheasant looks a lot like us, I think.  Brave thing.


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