Agroecology

 

Agroecology

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Posted 17 September 2011, by Staff, 3D Software, 3dsoftware.com

 

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Agroecology

Agriculture is entering a new phase in which historic gains will be made from realizations of heterogeneity potentials. This is already happening in other fields, resulting from the sharp increase in availability of new technologies. For example, the automotive industry has transitioned to modular production:

“the automotive industry invests in modular car parts…Product flow is increasingly heterogeneous… economy of scale works even at a modest production volume”

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Milan Kratochvíl and Charles Carson, Growing Modular (Springer 2005), p. 11, 12, 150.

The result is that many more different kinds of vehicles are now available, each vehicle better suited to its particular use. This is also happening in the computer industry, with heterogeneous multiprocessing allowing much more to be done with electronics:

“the task-level parallelism that embedded computing applications display is inherently heterogeneous…each block does something different and has different computational requirements.”

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Ahmed Amine Jerraya and Wayne Wolf, Multiprocessor Systems-on-Chips (MPSoCs) (Elsevier 2005),p. 8-9.

“Ironically, bus bottlenecks commonly disappear in SoC designs…Wide busses are efficient and appropriate to use between adjoining SoC logic blocks. ”

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Chris Rowen, “Performance and Flexibility for Multi-Processor SoC Design”,Ch. 5in Jerraya and Wolf, op.cit., p. 120.

The trend will extend to other fields. In agriculture, this is called agroecology. It is efficient variable argriculture that adjusts to local conditions of bioregions. As societies produce more diverse mechanical and electronic products more cheaply, a wider spectrum of those products become useful in agroecology. The idea is to find and help develop products that make it possible to cultivate bioregions, and help local economies sustain their utilization.

“better understanding of agroecological relationships, and farmers experimenting in groups. Large numbers of groups work in the same way as parallel processors, the most advanced forms of computation.”

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Jules Pretty, Agri-Culture, p. 157
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