Episode-422- The Damage Done By Agriculture — 3 Comments

  1. Have you seen this Dirt the movie documentary? Was shown on PBS and is supposed to play again Sunday I think. I do not have cable so I am searching for a site to watch free. If anyone can find it please post. Thanks!

  2. LOL, LOL, the hornet’s nest metaphor. Will try that one today in some context…Awesome show.

  3. it’s interesting you mentioned the San Joaquin Valley of California. I was actually in the general area for a permaculture farm tour. you are so right about the place turning to a dust bowl. you could see these acres upon acres of dried out agricultural land with the massive irrigation infrastructure sitting idly. there was hardly any vegetation or water or life, nothing but dust. Then we got to the permaculture farm and the place was green. The soil was intact and there were no signs of desertification. I mean the place is very dry to begin with (3 inches of rain water annually) but if managed properly can actually sustain quite a lot people. At the permaculture farm they had productive gardens, water ponds, damns, livestock and much more. They had a young food forest there as well. I think the farm would be quite productive and totally self-sufficient in about a decade. I cannot say that about the surrounding conventional farms whether they have access to water today or not.