Peak Moment talks with farmer Joel Salatin who says sustainable agriculture requires both native grass perennials and herbivores (cattle) to build soil, mimicking patterns found in nature. Mr. Salatin’s book “Folks, This Ain’t Normal” is a critique of the industrial food system, and envisions a future where humans are participants in a regenerative, sustaining community of abundance.
The biggest players in the food industry—from pesticide pushers to fertilizer makers to food processors and manufacturers—spend billions of dollars every year not selling food, but selling the idea that we need their products to feed the world. But, do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world? Can sustainably grown food deliver the quantity and quality we need—today and in the future? This Food MythBusters episode takes on these questions in under seven minutes. So the next time you hear them, you can too.
Corn has been Mexico’s staple for thousands of years. Yet farmers fear that the country’s hundreds of local varieties can be lost to an invasive outsider: genetically modified corn.
Monsanto has long been trying to establish control over the seeds of the plants that produce food for the world. They have patented a number of genetically altered food crops, which can only be grown with proper license, and the seeds for which must be purchased anew each year.
Alas, genetically engineered (GE) crops cannot be contained. And rather than being found guilty of contaminating farmers’ property, Monsanto has successfully sued hundreds of unsuspecting farmers for patent infringement when unlicensed GE crops were found growing in their fields. Many farmers have subsequently, quite literally, lost their farms.
Percy Schmeiser of Saskatchewan, Canada, is but one of Monsanto’s victims, but contrary to so many others, he refused to quietly tolerate the injustice. In a classic case of David versus Goliath, Schmeiser fought back against one of the most powerful businesses in the world.
On January 31, 2012, 55 farmers and plaintiffs traveled to Manhattan to hear oral arguments regarding Monsanto’s motion to dismiss their lawsuit, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) vs. Monsanto filed earlier in the summer.
At the heart of the lawsuit is the threat that family farmers face due to genetic trespass as a result of Monsanto’s genetically modified (GMO) seed and the aggressive enforcement of the biotech seed and chemical giant’s alleged patent rights.
A short video about a food forest.
A seven minute basic overview of edible forest systems.
Permaculture affects every part of your life, from how you design your room, to how you design your life. It encompasses how people are able to get along and make living decisions that make sense for the long term. This interview with Stephen Brooks, director of the Punta Mona center for sustainable living and education, offers some background and concise explanation of what permaculture is.
In this video, Juli and Jeff Gillies demonstrate a wide array of permaculture homesteading techniques on their 5 acres in Alberta, Canada. In just a couple of years they have transformed their land – an old junk yard – into a beautiful and productive garden, complete with a food forest and up-cycled raised beds.
Automatic chicken coop door at Hip Incy Urban Farm in Bangkok, Thailand.