It only takes a spoonful of common sense to realize we have to change our ways, when you discover that our current food production system is completely dependent on fossil fuel. We as a species have plowed, sprayed and chemically fertilized our soils for decades. Unintentionally depleting the soil and killing all the life it used to tenant.
Fortunately, humankind also inhabits very attentive observers, who have noticed the forests are thriving, yet without a single granule of fertilizer, a drip of herbicide or pesticide. So why are we using those chemicals when nature can thrive without it?
The Father of Permaculture, Bill Mollison, found that by mimicking nature we can live in abundance with very little 'hard work'. A vital cog in Permaculture are its ethics, where most of them come down to 'Doing things properly, in an honest way, minding the rest of the world'.
In Permaculture we see the soil and the life it inhabits as the most precious element of all. It is also considered as a bank of nutrients and energy. One of the many forms of true capital, one we should care for.
Who would deplete its precious property for short term gains. It's a bit like cutting off your fingers one by one to eat them (overcropping), peeling of your skin (plowing) and ending up nibbling on your elbow (dead soil) wondering why you can't get hold of things.
Term of abuse
While in American-English our precious soil became a four-letter word, like 'Dirt cheap', 'common as dirt', spread the dirt' or 'dirt-poor', I associate soil with noble metal. Soil should be identified with the great barrier reef, as the most colorful, living and precious thing on earth that we have to protect, mainly to ourselves.
At Garnense we try to shine a light on the indomitable, investigate how we can solve world problems locally and above all soak it with love. Although this documentary starts a bit in a minor, by the end of it I would say there is more than enough to be optimistic about. I source an enormous amount of inspiration from it, simply by the thought that it can be done, so let's go for it!