Let's Get Busy

| 7/30/2012 8:39:30 AM

  Joel SalatinOur culture is an aberrant experiment in the history of humankind. We're the first civilization to routinely eat unpronounceable food, food that would not rot, and to grow food with chemical fertilizers. We're the first to transport the average morsel of food 1,500 miles between farm and fork.

We're the first culture without chores for children and where the average family never sits down and eats together. The average American is far more informed and interested in the latest belly button piercing in Hollywood celebrity culture than what will become flesh of their flesh and bone of their bone at 6 p.m. Most Americans actually think chicken nuggets in the shape of Deno the dinosaur are a muscle group on a bird.

We're the first civilization with cheap energy, cheap grain, and food that can't be made in a domestic kitchen. The results of all this profound disconnect with our ecological umbilical is that America leads the world in chronic disease, has the highest health care costs, the fastest desertification, the largest erosion numbers and the biggest juvenile delinquency problems.

Can a civilization this profoundly removed from the visceral participation in farming and food even survive? Can the assumptions, like cheap energy, cheap grain, and processed food that can be nutritious, really continue into the future? Chances are nature's profit and loss balance sheet will eventually make itself known even to Wall Street. When that happens, nature's principles and the historically normal patterns of the past will provide cultural and personal glue to hold things together.

What are some of those things? Work for children so they can join the adult population with self-actualization, experience, and common sense. The idea that we can have responsible adults at 20 years old who have been deprived of the responsibilities and requirements of adulthood for their first two decades of existence is nonsense.

Edible landscapes, from institutional landscapes to backyard lawns, will move food production into an integrated format instead of today's segregated model. Nature cannot abide the segregation that denies soil its solar-generated biomass decomposition on site. Nature cannot stand concentrated animal feeding operations that require massive fertility translocations and losses. Living roofs. Cisterns. Exercise equipment hooked up to water pumps to send the water from the cisterns up to the roof as irrigation water.

8/1/2012 4:50:01 PM

This is the type sustainability I agree with. The UN has made it a bad word through "Agenda 21" If you are not aware of what Agenda 21 proposes please educate your self on it. Go to WWW.ICLEI.org and review their proposals like NO private property, move people off land and put in housing complexes, control energy, etc. While there go to "members" and then "global members" to see if your city is a signer to this .

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