Tag : Permaculture

Permaculture vs industrial agriculture: a sense of priorities

The technological progress is decidedly prodigious: with a combine, one man can cover hectares of land alone, with a plane he can spread pesticides at will. When we look at productivity per hour worked in agriculture, technology produces miracles: This is all the danger of reasoning only on numbers and statistics detached from reality: Science without consciousness is only ruin of the soul The real question is: among all the statistics, in the full range of possibilities, what should be prioritized, where should the priorities be? If the first priority that is retained is actually the productivity per hour / human worked then, no hesitation, it is essential to advance the technology even more, to the point where robots could themselves plant, and do the watering, the spreading of pesticides, fungicides, fertilizers, and even harvest the transformations and package the products. All this for more financial gain for landowners since no more human being would be needed to make a profit from a piece of land. Meanwhile, keeping an open mind, alert and on the lookout for all the data that can help us make decisions, we can see that: the massive use of pesticides causes multiple side effects, including…

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Back to nature

A growing portion of construction and agriculture is becoming aware of the need for respect for nature. Speaking of environment is already a beginning, even if this concept can evoke an artificial environment far removed from natural conditions. It will be here more a question of nature than of the environment, and in particular of all the initiatives which favor the regeneration of the nature rather than the maintenance of a status quo able to aggravate the planetary situation by exhaustion of resources and generalization of the pollution. The modern way of life based on consumption and economic growth has widely demonstrated its destructive impact on global life. For a healthy future on all fronts, humanity will probably have to make a radical change and everyone will have to agree to reduce a significant part of the material comfort in favor of a return to rural life. Modern knowledge and experimentation in agriculture (including "permaculture"), urbanization and construction tend to demonstrate that even with the present human population we could build a future much more harmonized with nature to the point of healing it totally from current evils. To this end, the big cities will gain from being gradually dismantled…

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The Cities are the Cancer of the Earth

History tends to show that urbanization has always been accompanied by a movement of agriculture towards monocultures and peasant exploitation. When a city became established and grew into an initially rural area with self-sustaining polyculture farms, in order to survive, it had to put in place a whole process of food supply from the surrounding countryside. The peasants had to produce much more, and in such a way that the harvest was faster. (Source: here) The polyculture practiced on a self-sufficient family farm, on a surface of the order of a few hectares (between two hundred and five hundred square feet), allowed to feed some families of medium size or a large family. It was possible even without the practices currently used in permaculture (which allow better harvests without digging over the soil). Such farms scattered over a region were generally sufficient to feed the corresponding rural community, even in the event of crop failures in some parts of the area, as there might be some surplus on other farms. However, when a city appears in such a neighborhood, its inhabitants are not agricultural producers and therefore depend on the surrounding peasants. The more a city grows, the more it…

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