01 January 2012

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Written by  Adam Friedman
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American farms have changed drastically in the last three generations, from the family based small businesses dependent on human energy to large scale factory farms highly dependent on fossil fuels. Modern farming uses more petroleum than any other single industry, consuming 12 percent of the country’s total energy supply. More energy is now used to produce synthetic fertilizers than to till, cultivate, and harvest all the crops in the U.S. Organic farming is still based on labor-intensive harvesting, mechanical weeding, and using green manures and crop covers rather than synthetic inputs. Organic produce also tends to travel a shorter distance from the farm to your plate.

Last modified on 01 January 2012
Adam Friedman

Adam Friedman

Adam Friedman is a web designer living in Portland, Oregon. Adam lived and worked on the farm during the summer of '94 and returned for part of the summer of '95.

Website: www.ovenlight.com
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