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March 2015 • Online Edition
 

PROFILE ONLINE: Check out our flipbook

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LETTERS:
New garage
stirs debate
on S. Pearl

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BUSINESS: 
Chowder Room
brings tasty
seafood to
S. Broadway

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PEOPLE:
Barela drives
change on
Santa Fe Dr.
and beyond

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READER'S PEN: 
Farming and 
the overuse
of precious
resources

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REP VIEW: 
Your vote 
counts in City 
Council Election

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Agriculture’s Consumption of Earth’s Resources | Print |  E-mail

By Greg Wright

During my lifetime as a farmer in the San Luis Valley I have watched the Green Revolution from a front-row seat. My family tended fields throughout the industrial development of agriculture. We participated in and benefited from the mechanization of farming. Tractors and hydraulics replaced manual labor. Manufacturers made larger and more efficient farm implements. Cheap fertilizers replaced long-term crop rotations and manure. New grain and vegetable varieties produced higher yields of quality produce. We seemed to be on the verge of an agrarian utopia – and then we noticed some problems.

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