Agriculture & Permaculture: Overview

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Another fascinating study is the book by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird entitled Secrets of the Soil: New Solutions for Restoring our Planet. This book is essential for understanding sustainable farming practices and devotes an entire chapter to Rudolph Steiner and his biodynamic farming methods. For a history lesson on how agriculture had been an essential part of the U.S. economic foundation and how in the 1930’s was replaced by war and debt, one can read Unforgiven: The American Economic System Sold for Debt and War by Charles Walters.

There are several documentary films on the topic of agriculture and sustainability. The story about Polyface Farms and the family of Joel Salatin is an example of permaculture and farming practices working in harmony. The following link was produced by Polyface Farms and MoonStar Films:

Another documentary film entitled “Polyfaces: A World of Many Choices” was filmed and produced by an Australian family that is worth checking out. The Polyface Farm is the ideal example for people who are drawn to a farming lifestyle and are interested in replicating either all or parts of the Polyface Farm permaculture business and farming model.

There are farmers and people who are focused on self-sustainability, local food production and food supply chains. One such farmer, J.C. Cole (ahfarms.org), outlines thirteen “grey swans” that can threaten the U.S. food supply chain and also offers solutions to solving our present vulnerabilities as a nation and for countries worldwide.

Another interesting individual is James McCanney (jmccanneyscience.com) who sells affordable and efficient wind generators, water systems and storage containers. His focus is on energy, food and water challenges and solutions for rural areas and city dwellers.

At the Institute for Responsible Technology (responsibletechnology.org), founded in 2003 by international bestselling author and GMO expert Jeffrey Smith, the IRT has worked in over 45 countries on 6 continents and is credited with improving government policies and influencing consumer-buying habits to create the tipping point of consumer demand.

There is a remarkable story about a man in Ecuador, Omar Tello, who transformed a farm wasteland into a tropical rainforest. He was featured on the website tropicalcommons.co that showcases innovative projects across the tropical regions of Latin America.

An interesting note on a recent documentary film produced by Michael Moore and directed by Jeff Gibbs entitled “Planet of the Humans” that I did see before it was rudely taken down by youtube; which should be a red flag for anyone reading this. It basically shows how multi-national corporations have infiltrated the mainstream environmental movement; it did not red flag the entire green movement, but it did implicate major organizations and global deep state interests.

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Years ago I worked on an older friend’s organic farm in Michigan experiencing some of the pros and cons of a more rural lifestyle. I have another close friend, Dan DeLanghe, in southwestern Minnesota who raises calves and farms roughly three hundred acres; his older brother who took over the larger family farm plants nearly three thousand acres and raises livestock. It is always interesting to talk with Dan and his enthusiasm for the lifestyle he has chosen is admirable; he is unique as an old soul farmer who also enjoys the metaphysical and working with his mansion within.

I have this idea or vision that California could become the first state to lead the way with all organic food production from crops to vineyards and all animal production. I see a complete overhaul of the farming system eliminating Monsanto, pesticides and non-organic fertilizers replacing them with biodynamic farming and permaculture practices.

See my essay on “An Agricultural Revolution”.

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