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Water and Agriculture


At this point in agricultural history, simple yet effective mechanization to move water to a remote location — that is, to fields where crops are tended — means a more steady food supply and increased food production. More food supports a greater population size... and herein is a seed for global change. But the world's population doesn't explode just yet. Later, in the modern era sophisticated machinery used to support irrigation becomes of even greater importance. Here is an example in an earlier time when a convenience was an advantage but perhaps not a critical necessity. Today, the world food supply is more dependent on technology.

In recent time, in response to population pressures — as well as the necessity for a farmer to simply produce a consistent harvest year to year — the increased reliance on irrigation is accompanied by losses to soil by erosion, soil fertility, and even a decline in global fresh water reserves. Just about all the land that can be put into production is now in production... and we see a maximization of irrigation with little potential to make significant additions to expand world agriculture. Farmers have come close to the maximum capacity for global production while soil erosion continues and water quality and availability is not an infinite given — especially in the face of global change.

We will not say food production is in jeopardy, the main point here is more basic. From this point on the time line to modern times there is a shift in resource uses and humanity makes increasing demands on the earth as our population grows. This is one of the factors that contributes to what we've discussed elsewhere under the heading of Convergence. The transitions and shifts overtime are part of the WindowView.

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TimeLine References:
  • Various sources were used to develop this time line. Where possible dates are cross checked or events are placed in relative position. Many of the dates used above come from the following references:
  • Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, Th.M., Ph.D.1982. Footsteps of Messiah - A Study of the Sequence of Prophetic Events. (Fruchtenbaum)
  • Ayers, Ed. 1999. God's Last Offer - Negotiating for a Sustainable Future. (A)
  • Fruchtenbaum, Arnold G., Th.M., Ph.D.1982. Footsteps of Messiah - A Study of the Sequence of Prophetic Events. (Fruchtenbaum) (New edition 2003)
  • Graham, Billy. 1992. Storm Warning. Published by: W Publishing Group (formerly Word Publishing)
  • Grun, Bernard. 1991. The Timetables of History - A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events. New Third Revised Edition. Based on Werner Stein's Kulturfahrplan. A Touchstone Book:New York. (G)
  • Ice, T., and R. Price. 1989. Ready to Rebuild — The Imminent Plant to Rebuild the Last Days Temple. (IP)
  • Infoplease.com (Info) http://www.infoplease.com/
  • H. Lindsey. 1973. There's A New World Coming. Bantam Books. (Lindsey)
  • Randall Price. 2001 Unholy War. (P)
  • Dr. G. Schroeder with Z. Levitt. Genesis One. Levitt Ministries (see note in graphic box at top of this table for details).
  • SciNews: Science News is a science news weekly generally obtained by subscription, also see: http://www.sciencenews.org/
  • Web (Internet): Occasionally we find what appear as reliable, but formally unpublished, sources on the Internet. As such these entries remain to be fully confirmed. In many cases this information is found to agree with the remainder of the timeline and the published sources used here.
  • Zondervan Corporation. 1985. The NIV Study Bible. Zondervan Bible Publishers:Grand Rapids.

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