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Fluid Journal : Early Spring 2011
3 The Fluid Journal Early Spring 2011 the world's land area already used for farming. Dr. Avery, along with Dr. Jason Clay of the World Wildlife Fund, agrees that the world will need more than twice as much food per year within thirty years owing to a surge in human population growth and even more due to the world's rising wealth. The 2010 Fluid Forum covered the urgency for achieving higher yield levels via improved nutrient use and continued updating of recommendations through ongoing research. Speakers warned about human population levels, if the current trend continues, reaching up to nine billion on this planet by 2030, compared to the first billion to occupy this planet in 1800. Continuance of such chilling geometric progression will be the high road to world famine unless we substantially raise crop yield levels and FROM THE PUBLISHERS Feast or Famine? This issue contains an FFF Review covering the advantages of using fluid fertilizers in achieving higher yields. The importance of pushing for higher and higher levels can never be overstated. Right now, as you'll read below, we are in the looming stages of a food crisis and the advocates of organic farming do not have the answer. In fact, Dr. Dennis Avery, a Fellow at the Hudson Institute and noted expert on environmental matters, says the time is past to shed ourselves of the land- selfish concept of organic farming. For one thing, Dr. Avery estimates low-yield organic farming could steal up to 7 million square miles of habitat from wildlife on this planet while the use of higher-yield conventional fertilizers would furnish more people with better diets on the same approximate third of ultimately tame the human reproductive rate. In this issue's FFF Review, Dean Fairchild, consulting advisor with the Mosaic Company, traces the dramatic jump in crop yields via the use of fluid technology. He shows us in dollars and cents how this has benefited the growers' income. He additionally stresses the importance of dealers and suppliers instructing growers on how to properly check their soil test levels, apply weed control, plus use such elements as sulfur, zinc, and boron in combination with fluid fertilizers--all aimed at the ultimate goal of achieving higher yields. In the early '50s we were looking at corn yields of 40 some bushels an acre. Now we're shooting for 300! So which will it ultimately be...feast or famine? The choice is ours.