Permaculture Literacy – HHA

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  • Ashley Hall says:

    When you mentioned the patchwork nature of modern agriculture (if the soil is compacted, til it; if there are nutrient deficiencies, add fertilizer etc), it reminded me of a similar problem in modern medicine… the focus is on patching up problems instead of solving the underlying methods/lifestyles that are largely creating the problems to begin with! The more I learn about permaculture, the more I think about applications and cross-connections with medicine.

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    • Bret James says:

      Yes, that is very much the case, treat the symptoms not the problem has been the approach (and a costly one at that). Great connection!

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    • CJ Musick says:

      So true!

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    • Laci says:

      YES! I wholeheartedly agree. Modern medicine isn’t functional anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for the illnesses/conditions that modern medicine can treat, cure & even prevent. But i feel like it’s been massively abused and twisted into a money making machine on multiple levels. And unfortunately there always seems to be people who will manipulate any available product this way.
      I’m very glad to see people looking for a different way. Because if we can inspire others to do the same maybe we can create the positive shift in the world that we want to see.

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    • Bill Sabine says:

      Very true Ashley! I’m realizing it’s a mind set that can (and should) be applied to everything. On the topic of medicine though, have you seen ‘Forks Over Knives’? Great documentary on that very subject “…the focus is on patching up problems instead of solving the underlying methods/lifestyles that are largely creating the problems to begin with! …”

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  • Rosmely van Driel-Silva says:

    Very interesting and clarifying…

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  • Tiffani Beckman-McNeil says:

    I absolutely adored this film. Glad I purchased it!

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  • Martha Troutman says:

    It is very important to keep in mind our power of consumption. If we buy our food– choose organic– to support organic farmers & farming practices. This is how the movement grows. It all boils down to economics (every one needs to make a living) and our Earth’s resources are all we have as a foundation for economy: prosperity/sustenance.
    Here in the Midwest USA we are experiencing a detrimental collapse of generational conventional farming. Western Kansas has been our breadbasket, but having not much surface h2o (being a naturally arid climate), the drilling of fossil groundwater has been responsible for 2 billion dollars worth of grain each year…. not just for food, of course, but water-thirsty corn for cattle feed and ethanol.
    The Ogallala Aquifer is Ice Age old resource, so, pretty much non-renewable… at least at the rate its been and being pumped out.

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  • Angela Martin says:

    This was an ah ha moment for me. Although I was kind of understanding before, the level of how detrimental this is to us had not fully reached understanding. I “got” that it was better and I understood how “bad” traditional ag is but not to the frightening level that I am now starting to grasp.

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    • Bret James says:

      Yea, it is frightening. Many experts argue that most every issue in modern society today stems from modern ag. But at least the solution is simple – local permaculture gardens and farms!

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  • Penni Cowham says:

    So interesting.

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