On a beautiful day after the recent rain, three of us were standing on the pickerel pond dam looking at the new greenhouse site. My gaze wandered from the new beds to the cliffs and spires on Angora Mountain. And I didn’t want to leave, ever.
But then I did, because you should spend Thanksgiving with your relatives, they say, and that is fun. But holidays in the country with family is even better. Or just any time in the country with close family and friends.
Some politically correct types would banish use of family as a positive term since it is painful to many. The anguish such a childhood can cause makes the empathetic among us wince. But why wallow in your bad childhood and force others to join you in the pig sty? I remember a planning session for a multi-million dollar foundation sustainability initiative being totally disrupted when an Amerindian woman made such an effort. We all had to feel her pain of an abused childhood before we could get back to work. The planning never got back on track and the foundation’s effort was eventually shelved.
Too bad something like that didn’t happen to some of the Gates Foundation projects. I know Bill Gates has a lot of money and he sure had some insight on the best ideas to steal. But he has no knowledge of agroecology or Nature or resilient systems and his money and his foundation are hindering progress toward a more resilient world.
Promoters of chemical-intensive agriculture and GMOs are fond of telling us all that traditional approaches to agriculture will not be able to produce enough food to feed the world. For example, the former UK environment minister flew to South Africa earlier this year to praise the apparent success of the ‘green revolution’ and to promote the supposed wonders of genetically modified (GM) crops. Paterson warned that a food revolution that could save Africa from hunger is being held back. He rounded on opponents of GMOs and chemical-intensive agriculture by stating:
Not since the original Luddites smashed cotton mill machinery in early 19th century England, have we seen such an organised, fanatical antagonism to progress and science. These enemies of the Green Revolution call themselves ‘progressive’, but their agenda could hardly be more backward-looking and regressive… their policies would condemn billions to hunger, poverty and underdevelopment. And their insistence on mandating primitive, inefficient farming techniques would decimate the earth’s remaining wild spaces, devastate species and biodiversity and leave our natural ecology poorer as a result.
Proponents of GM crops constantly claim that we need such technology to address hunger and to feed a growing global population. We are told by the GMO biotech lobby that GM crops are essential, are better for the environment and will provide the tools that farmers need in a time of climate chaos.
By seeking to denigrate traditional forms of agriculture, these guys are attempting to eliminate low cost, time-tested farming methods in favor of promoting high cost external inputs and proprietary technologies, such as GMOs, on behalf of global agribusiness corporations. Only the rich with lots of equipment and access to industrial inputs will be able to farm if they have their way.
New research by the Oakland Institute shows Bill Gates, Monsanto and their ilk are willfully ignorant. This report on 33 case studies show the success of agroecological agriculture across the African continent in the face of climate change, hunger and poverty.
Too bad Bill Gates has been taken in by such the tomfooleries of Monsatan and its minions. A fool with money can cause damage, luckily it disappears. It never lasts. But as long as the money flows, some will suck no matter how sour and non-nutritious the milk.
Agriculture based on expensive external inputs is aimed at making a profit–mainly for the input suppliers. Profit is extraction without giving back to the system. Just as high yield, without building the soil, is extractive and non-resilient.
Agroecology, and its successor, ecogically resilient agriculture, is aimed at ensuring we have a future.
When you move beyond agroecology to agroecological resilience, you will learn the tools we all need to enjoy wonderful productive work in the country.
You’ll need that work tomorrow after all the food you consume this Thanksgiving Day. I hope you are enjoying it with family and friends in the country. If not, maybe next year at Meadowcreek?
Learn about how resilience research improves agroecology by starting with Chapter 10 of our free online book available at: https://meadowcreekvalley.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/comparisons-to-alternative-systems-3-0-pdf.pdf