A very interesting film giving insight into what an organic, biodynamic food system centred on using cow dung and capable of feeding the masses could look like.
Having won a host of environmental awards between 2007 and 2009, this film has been acclaimed as a blueprint for a post-industrial future. Peter Proctor’s approach to making high grade composts takes you into the heart of the Indian sub continent.
In the past decade, 180,000 farmers using GM technology have committed suicide in India, many in the cotton industry. What started off as an introduction of hybrid seed technology, industrial machinery and chemical fertilisers and pesticides in the late 60s, then supported by the Government hailed as the Green Revolution which would enable India to become self sufficient in agriculture, turned into a nightmare by the late nineties. Monsanto’s patented BT cotton seeds is said to have contributed to the suicide trend as a result of huge debts held by farmers.
The outcome of the battle for agricultural control in India may just dictate the future of many rural economies. Modern industrial agriculture is destroying the earth: desertification, water scarcity, toxic cocktails of agricultural chemicals pervading food chains, ocean ecosystems collapsing; soil erosion and massive loss of soil fertility.
Modern agriculture causes topsoil to be eroded at 3 million tons per hour (that’s 26 billion tons a year). The carrying capacity of the earth is fast being spent. Is it justifiable for us to continue our present lifestyle, impacting the earth in such a way for which we may need five planets? Might there be a more conducive and sustainable approach beneficial to both land and humans?
Peter Proctor encourages us to take a fresh look at this dilemma.
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