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"Scientists spent a decade intensively monitoring the impacts of a large government-funded experiment at Hillesden, a 1,000-hectare commercial arable farm in Buckinghamshire. (...) Numbers of some butterfly species including the gatekeeper and green-veined white doubled, and birds that usually feed on insects benefited from the shelter provided by hedges and grass margins, including the great tit, up 88%, and blue tit, up 73%. They also found that overall yields at Hillesden were maintained – and enhanced for some crops – despite the loss of agricultural land for habitat creation."

The science is in: permaculture works, it can feed us all and it helps the planet too.

theguardian.com/environment/20

How about we begin supporting REAL permaculture farmers who know what they're doing instead of funding the asshats sitting in their air-conditioned, diesel-powered tractors mindlessly destroying topsoil with their ploughs and chemical sprays?

@antanicus the state will destroy all the topsoil before they let the profits of chem companies fall

@antanicus so, ploughs were invented a long time ago… were they always bad?

@meena @antanicus ploughing is not great, it releases a lot of carbon into the air and makes it easier for top soil to blow away in wind

@meena I'm not sure "bad" is the right word in this context. The plough sure is a helpful tool but it also embodies a certain interpretation of the natural world: that it is intrinsically hostile to human existence and that one has to work *against* it if one wants to survive.

Compare that view of the world to, say, the way the First Nations produced food in the Pacific Northwest:

"For decades, First Nations people in British Columbia knew their ancestral homes (...) were great places to forage for traditional foods like hazelnuts, crabapples, cranberries, and hawthorn. A new study reveals that isolated patches of fruit trees and berry bushes in the region's hemlock and cedar forests were deliberately planted by Indigenous peoples in and around their settlements"

science.org/content/article/pa

@meena Maybe plows were always bad. Plowers have created a lot of deserts and depleted soil. The people who used this technology didn't care much about nature (including other humans and other animals) anyway. Like @antanicus said, they were "hostile" to nature.

@antanicus I just recently watched this documentary on the issue: arte.tv/en/videos/099776-000-A

The problem with industrialized framing is that they can replenish the chemicals, but they can't replenish the little critters that keep the soil healthy & able to store water. Also, smaller fields with trees around them are more resilient do to lower wind speeds & the cooling provided by the trees.

@antanicus I like sheltering areas with hedges and trees. It keeps them from drying out as quick as exposed areas.

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