Hope you had a chance to watch this video (see below) along with the the two articles on "waste" we just completed for GoodFood World. My take is, we're just getting back where we belong (with some resistance from some)--but I think we need to return much more back to our cropping systems all along the line (in natural environments, biomass is accumulating throughout the seasons and although the nutrient exchange is more rapid during the warmer (wet) months, bio-activity is constant. The whole idea as we agree in industrial systems is to get more for less).
We currently create tremendous waste in our food systems--there shouldn't be any! But of course, we must discover how to deal with all the toxic elements we introduce; some can be broken down through natural processes.
It is hard for me to tell vegetable growers in Puget Sound that I think they could be adding many, many time more compost strategically (but consistently). I've seen farmers in places like in the Baltic Countries spread manure inches thick; the vegetable growers around Paris used 6 inches of horse manure (?). Who are we kidding with our teaspoon full here and there?
Most of our "modern" farming operations have been highly exploitive. That's been the trend. Ware out the land, turn it to some kind of development and be done with it.
Another idea--our current land use policy is predicated on maximum "use-up and move along to new pastures"--nothing we do is sustainable really. To be sustainable, land and people must remain in place, and soil must grow in value, not be depleted.
Erick! [Erick and Wendy Haakenson are owners of Jubilee Farm, here is their blog, the Growing Revolution: http://www.jubileefarm.org/index.cfm] You can speak up; people listen to you. And you know we agree. We need a new land use policy that says, noting free, you pay for "everything." And the place to start to see what is of real value is at the soil (and water) base in the local community, back at "home."
If people continue to make money destroying land and people, they are operating in an evil way, if they begin to put things back, they are acting to do good--it is really simple isn't it. As Aldo Leopold said, everything is connected, and Pogo told us, "No Free Lunch."
Privately, I've never understood how the local real estate magnet always fills the first pew (?). perhaps, in your wisdom, you'll explain it to me someday. About how bad becomes good and good is treated so poorly these days in the US. But then, we're farmers so should probably stick to trying to grow healthy plants and animals and let the preachers deal with the developers.
PS: About the development planned for our area; if farmers have to deal with it, they should have something to say about how it is designed and permitted. Enough of "fast buck Harry's Condos for Everywhere!"
Happy Spring Planting,
Ken KailingGoodFood World
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