A farm for the future

Horse sense
It only takes a spoonful of common sense to realize we have to changeinfo-icon our ways, when you discover that our current foodinfo-icon 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 soilinfo-icon 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 natureinfo-icon can thrive without it?

The Father of Permacultureinfo-icon, Bill Mollison, found that by mimicking nature we can live in abundance with very little 'hard workinfo-icon'. 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 energyinfo-icon. One of the many forms of true capital, one we should care for.

Crown Jewels
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-Englishinfo-icon 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 earthinfo-icon that we have to protect, mainly to ourselves.

In the documentaryinfo-icon 'A Farm for the Futureinfo-icon' Rebecca Hosking goes on a journeyinfo-icon wondering how Agricultureinfo-icon can change to thrive in a world with declining oilinfo-icon reserves and rising oil prices.

At Garnenseinfo-icon we try to shine a light on the indomitable, investigate how we can solve world problemsinfo-icon locally and above all soak it with loveinfo-icon. 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 inspirationinfo-icon from it, simply by the thought that it can be done, so let's go for it!

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