They Laugh at Permaculture – Charles Massey and Regenerative Agriculture, Australia

The audience laugh at the mention of Charles touring regenerative farms including “even permaculture” at 26 minutes, really highlighting how self-defined “land illiterates” view permaculture. Really they’re laughing at nature.

Here’s some of the pattern damage that these land illiterates create during drought here in Australia, notice the green photosynthesising trees spotted amongst the bare brown monoculture landscapes, trees that shade, drop biomass, that form dew, create microclimates, cool air, lead to greater rainfall, and pump water from the deep, trees that form habitats when farms are managed:

Here’s the People’s definition on Wikipedia of Permaculture for any land illiterates:

Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.

And here’s one of Bill Mollison’s definitions listed there, I say one because if you’ve ever seen him laugh and cackle when defining permaculture, he always did so in a way as to challenge that square food inside your head:

“Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labour; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.”

Go here to see Bill talking the tropics, dry lands, cool climates and urban areas.

Lastly I’d like to highlight this quote from Charles at the beginning

“Actually 70% of the worlds food comes from peasant based farming with less than 5 acres.”

And also highlight the role of women, peasant or first world often working off farm just to make these farms sustainable, let alone regenerative.

Big Ag Keeps on Burning, Victoria Australia

“Burning stubble so we can put next years crop in.”

It’s like watching an old vulcanizing tyre patch burn. I always find it both interesting and depressing watching how the big boys and their toys do it.

Just add DAP(tm)

In my studies I’ve learned that nitrogen and phosphorus are the main macro nutrients that become limited after fire, not to mention soil microbiology. Sigh.