A recent study by Michigan Technological University advocates replacing tobacco farms with solar farms. www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/mtu-fsn020518.php The study overlooks one small detail. It means all those farmers won't be farming any more. "In the long run, tobacco farmers stand to make more money farming solar rays for energy instead of growing a component of cigarettes."
Maybe. But why is it an either/or and why can't the farmers grow something else more profitable in lieu of tobacco? How will this effect already-hurting rural communities where these farms are located? Is it a waste to use valuable growing land for solar panels when those PV cells could care less about the soil quality beneath their steel feet and would be just as happy anywhere there's sunlight?