Episode 226. We Need a Regeneration Revolution

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 11th of  August 2020.

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Soil

Today we’re going to discuss regeneration in particular regeneration of the soil and ecosystems. Over the last 50 to 75 years, basically since the second world war we’ve gone through a period of destruction. In effect a faustian bargain in which we gave up 1% of our topsoil every year in return for production returns. Continue reading “Episode 226. We Need a Regeneration Revolution”

Episode 223. Shaping the Earth

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 20th of  July 2020.

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This week I’m looking down on this fair planet from a higher point of view. I think this will help us to see both what we are getting right and where there is room for improvement. We might even find the key to unlocking all of humanity’s restorative skills. I can but hope. Continue reading “Episode 223. Shaping the Earth”

Episode 222. Fermentation and Rotations

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 13th of  July 2020.

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I know we all miss things in life, I’m guilty as charged. So imagine my surprise to have only just come across the process of fermenting organic waste rather than composting. In a strange way putting food “waste” through ruminants does this too and in 24 hours. But the formalised process is quite interesting. Continue reading “Episode 222. Fermentation and Rotations”

Episode 219. Unintended Consequences of the Wrong Target

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 22nd of  June 2020.

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The trouble with “knowing” is it leads to certainty, certainty leads to errors and these errors usually come from the unintended consequences of “knowing”. It may well be part of the human condition, it is certainly part of the current industrial agricultural paradigm. Continue reading “Episode 219. Unintended Consequences of the Wrong Target”

Episode 217. Chaos Gardening

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 8th of  June 2020.

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The great philosophical battles over time were reduced to two teams in the seminal spy show of the 1960s: Get Smart. Control and Kaos were the two options. Much industrial farming and chemically based gardening can be thought of as part of the Control team. After all, we have several millennia of holy books declaring humanity’s need to bring order and structure to chaotic Nature. That these books arose in the cultural context of West Asia, known nowadays as the Middle East, it should not be a surprise that this approach should be at the bedrock of “Western” farming. Nature is considered corrupt in some way, less than perfect.  Continue reading “Episode 217. Chaos Gardening”