Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Bringing the chickens home

Modern agriculture is not a system for producing food, but for producing money.
Bill Mollison
In parts 3 and 4 of In danger of falling food, permaculture co-originator Bill Mollison takes us on a tour of his newest garden, where plump, healthy chickens strut their stuff, then samples the delectables in one of his first gardens, now fully mature. This garden has something blooming and growing year round, and none of it is weeds.
Digging causes work. Work causes digging. Weeds cause work. Digging causes weeds. Cause and effect. Vicious cycle.
Bill Mollison
You may have noticed in parts 1 and 2 that each part begins where the other left off, usually mid-sentence. That's because In danger of falling food is a one-hour piece, chopped into parts for YouTube viewing.

How many eggs does it take to produce one egg? If you live in the city, how much of your food dollar is for food and how much for transportation, fuel and waste? (Try 95 percent.)
Society is caught up in this system of destruction. Instead of all that, you can grow a garden in a few weeks that will provide you with vegetables and timber all your life, and it seems to me to be much more sane and responsible that people should be trained to put in those few weeks of work.
Bill Mollison
How realistic is it to grow food where we live? Find out in part 4.

My favorite line from this segment: "All plants are carnivores. They eat you in the end." Now that's Ordinary.

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