Day 48/67 of GED in Five Months, science, help, and health

 How many of us remember why monocropping can be a problem, and how it could impact our health, and the health of generations to come?

Reading: “Growing the same crop on a field year after year can cause crop yields to decline as the soil becomes depleted and insect populations become firmly established. Crop rotation, or growing different crops in different years, is one way to avoid these problems. However, discovering the most effective rotation of a number of different crops is difficult, because there are so many possible orders in which to grow them and testing any given crop rotation takes several years.”

This might take some math, huh?  For example, what might a percentage increase in one year be for a bunch of bugs that have made themselves snuggly at home in a potato field, versus the percentage increase of those bugs if that potato field were planted with soy beans next year, do you think? 

You might get some help on the mathematics for that in the lesson below…

 Middle of week 13/18
Day 48, Week 13
Grammar: Dangling modifiers
Math: Percent Increase
Where is monocropping still used today?
Day 48 Exit Ticket
Don’t forget to look up the history of some of your math topics, like Algebra…

Action ItemsWhat Would You Do??

1.) Search for two different sources explaining what monocropping is,

2.) Does either source discuss Terminator Seeds, and what point of view does each source prefer?  Is there an obvious benefit that either source (or the authors or funders of the source article) has to gain from that point of view?

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses your findings, and then, please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

4.)  Feel free to answer the exit ticket questions in the comments, or pose any other questions you may have about the lesson, if you wish.

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January, 2021 CE = January 12021 HE

(Day 47Day 49)

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21 thoughts on “Day 48/67 of GED in Five Months, science, help, and health

    1. But he (and those who implemented that policy) should have known that that was a bad idea!
      Russians have always read history (or so I thought, based on Cmdr. Susan Ivanova!), no?
      Unless he intended to ruin cropland in certain places?

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      1. He didn’t know because he was a total ignoramus in almost everything, especially in sciences, and nobody dared arguing with him. Russians have always rewritten history and are still doing it. They do read it, that much is true, but they read edited versions.
        Big air hugs,

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        1. Shavuahof Tov, dear Shira!
          I don’t know how it is in more civilized countries, but in Russia leaders have always come to power and stayed in power on the strength of military and secret police. The latter has been started by Ivan the Terrible in 16th century (the infamous “oprichniki”), perfected by Peter the Great, and has gained enormous power during Stalin’s regime. It is still very much there, supporting Putin.

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        2. Shavuah Tov, Dear Dolly:

          Ugh, how sickening to know that such institutions have continued to keep such bullies in power, and how worrisome to note the ease of coercing most citizens to “go along to get along,” as I was urged back in DC as a teenager. (Thus began my long career of having to change careers due to ‘questioning’ too much…)
          Perhaps we should all write a series of coordinated blog posts citing or discussing Einstein’s famous “two percent plan” speech given in NYcity -for which I cannot seem to find a first-hand or second hand source, now.

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        3. Dear Shira, I found a compilation of Einstein’s speeches on Youtube, but the “two percent riddle” is not a part of it, and anyway, most sources agree that his authorship of it is doubtful.
          Regardless, even though I consider myself a perpetual subversive element, when I started this blog, I made a decision that food and politics do not a good mixture make. I freely discuss history, but not current politics. If this is disappointing to you, I am very sorry, but we are still friends, darling!
          Much love,

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        4. No, no, not the house riddle, aka 2%, but his 1/50 aka Two Percent Plan, on how if two percent of the population refused to back a regime, it could not succeed. He apparently upped that number to 10% for the Soviet Union.

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        5. No worries, I am not interested in discussing politics either, as you see from my blog: I do not engage with current politics explicitly (unless I’ve missed something and my posts seem more political than I intended?) -I try to post long term ideas that will help us avoid the situation we have arrived in currently.

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        6. But you can’t help it, darling! If you look at your own statement “I try to post long term ideas that will help us avoid the situation we have arrived in currently,” it is already political, which is fine – you are what you are, and I, for one, appreciate it. I am sure there are quite a few other people who do.

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