Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Not Enough Healthy Food

Current food production is drastically out of step with nutritional guidelines, which means that even if everyone wanted to eat a healthy diet, there would not be enough food for them to do so. 

However, when you look at crop rotation plans, you can see many variations that would support a healthier balance of food production.  Grain (wheat, barley, etc.) > pulse (peas, beans, etc.) > pasture (red clover, alfalfa, etc. plus animal products) is one good option.  It's easy to add vegetables to that because most of those are annuals.  Perennial fruits and vegetables are more challenging because they require dedicated land.  One solution is to plant cover crops in an orchard, which can then serve as foraging space for small livestock, reducing the need for chemical fertilizers.
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