bmtv89 The End of Agriculture in California..?

Eating green bean soup (made my mom’s style) and discussing Barcamp Munich in October, VlogEurope Budapest in November, and the larger issue of California’s Agriculture ceasing to produce significantly in the coming decades. That according to several reports about the environmental impacts of the large scale farming going on in certain regions of CA, as well as the global food market which will leave the state an unviable place in terms of costs and profit.? But this is just the initial glance, more research and reporting to come…


  1. Anno Nymouse
    August 4, 2008

    I’m looking forward to your talks on this topic and encourage every person concerned to speak up and let us know whats going on.

    During your video I gathered a couple of questions and thoughts that came into my mind.

    For many local citizens and cities (taxes) there will be a massive or total drop in direct revenue. The newly created distance between manufacturers and consumers opens the “opportunity” for global player to fill the gap and basicly control the market in a dimension unknown before. Therefore, in my opinion, the need for people to relocate and possibly relearn for another job is a small price, compared to what will result on the rising dependency on the global market (besides the apparently implications e.g. weak dollar, crashing stocks, high oil prices -> disproportionate high prices for food imports).
    If the agriculture is partially considered unfit or simply seen uneconomically at the current state, it will take a long way and a lot of investments to reverse the process of moving out of California.
    It goes without saying, that exporting labor mostly goes hand in hand with partially loosing the ability to control the process. In this case there will be a loss of control over the cultivation (e.g. used chemicals) and the overall quality of the product.

    In the end we shouldn’t forget the implications for the land importing the “service”. Most certainly the lands are allready used and will be more extensivly exploited in the future with less strict supervision (slash-and-burn).

    Btw. was the video done with your new cam?

    • bicyclemark
      August 6, 2008

      Anno– last question first… no i did this with the Flip video again.. too bad the thing records into avi format and requires lots of conversion.. otherwise I might like it. The new xacti is here though.. and Ill be using it heavily in portugal next week.

      In the case of california.. and Im clearly far from properly researched on this, but my initial look tells me that its more than the cost of labor.. its much more about the extreme pressure put on the land that is unsustainble.. most immediately in the area of water. Huge crises are predicted as the current system is ripe to self-destruct. more on that soon.

  2. August 4, 2008

    Good stuff Mark! I look forward to hearing/listening/reading more about this topic. I’ll pass the links onward to Nikki as this topic will interest her greatly as well!

    You’re travels make someone like me jealous… I pick areas I’m comfortable exploring… you just go for it and figure stuff up along the way–even places to stay. I admire that quality dude. Keep it up, and hope all goes well for you in Budapest

    • bicyclemark
      August 6, 2008

      ‘brigado bro.

  3. keith
    August 6, 2008

    I love how you keep goin ‘mmm’.

    • bicyclemark
      August 7, 2008

      cause that shit is good.

  4. August 12, 2008

    Hi Mark, listened to the Vidcast this Morning, and loved the style PLUS you mentioning the BC Munich. I’ll try to get you a bed and breakfast for the days.

    Would you do me a favour and register at ( and participate in the events? Only for Planning purpouse.

    Im really looking forward for the BarCamp and your Session + the Beer we gonna drink at the Party 🙂

    • bicyclemark
      August 14, 2008

      wow Nils… a B&B for me? im flattered. Ill register in the morning… first I need some sleep.

  5. Anno Nymouse
    August 19, 2008

    I just stumbled across an article with a short video from the BBC called “Spain sweats amid ‘water wars'” (Water Wars). It’s about how tourism, climate change, politics and personal interests are “fighting” agriculture and water availability on a nation wide level. Never heart about this kind of problem in Europe before. Scary, interesting and a reminder of some problems Isreal/ Palestine and many other countries had for decades.

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