The letter written by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from a Birmingham jail was dated fifty years ago today. Watch Melissa's Footnote from Sunday's "MHP" to learn why it is a letter that changed the world: http://j.mp/17zRyv4
Read the letter itself here, courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania's African Studies Center: http://j.mp/YrxxjB
Video of interesting discussion about Dr. King's Letter - Sociologist Jonathan Rieder Interviewed by Tavis Smiley
The noted scholar explains the motivation for his latest text on Dr. King's "Letter From Birmingham Jail" and the struggle that changed a nation.
Jonathan Rieder is the author of the just published Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter From Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation. He is a sociologist at Barnard College, Columbia University.
Finding available resources is a difficult challenge for agriculture in China. In Chapter 1 of Food Is Heaven, DuPont partners with local villages to demonstrate seeding and advanced agriculture technologies to improve crop yields.
The Living Land Wes Jackson, John Jeavons Portion
The Living Land
"Over many years, our methods of growing food have become ever more mechanized and more complex. At the same time, we’ve lost millions of acres of good soil to pollution, erosion, and an ever growing population. There is now an increasing awareness of the need to change our perceptions about how we grow our food and how we treat the land. This program features four individuals on the frontier of this effort. JOHN JEAVONS Founder of Ecology Action and internationally known for his work developing small-scale sustainable food production techniques. WES JACKSON Born and raised on the Great Plains, he holds degrees in both botany and genetics. For than 25 years, his Land Institute has been working on a revolutionary concept known as Natural Systems Agriculture to develop perennial grain varieties."
Full Movie --> http://tinyurl.com/cbf9cj9
Knowledge applicable to "Changes to Make Future Farming Better"
See --> http://tinyurl.com/bwl6t8c Feeding Frenzy Video
Outstanding presentation... We can play a role... Paul has a overall realistic view of what is going on and what needs to be done to efficiently feed 9 billion
Published on Apr 5, 2013
Sustainability expert Paul McMahon considers price spikes, market manipulation, land grabs and the race to control food supplies, and asks - can we feed a world of nine billion... and at what cost?
Chair: Dr David McNair, head of growth, equity and livelihoods, Save the Children
Listen to the podcast of the full event including audience Q&A: http://tinyurl.com/cea9frw
Additional discussion on the future of farming - http://tinyurl.com/cng9xl6
This is a film based on the book "Death of the Liberal" by journalist and Pulitzer prize winner, Chris Hedges.
It charts the rise of the Corporate State, and examines the future of obedience in a world of unfettered capitalism, globalisation, staggering inequality and environmental change.
The film predominantly focuses on US corporate capitalism, but it is my hope that the viewer can recognise the relevance of what is being expressed with regards to domestic political and corporate activity.
It was made completely of clips found on the web.
Music by Clark (warp.net/records/clark)
Warning - this film contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing.
With Respect and Regards To All,
Monte & Eileen
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.
Amazing man that deserves a lot of credit! "No artist or artisan ever has such broad control of the medium through which he expresses his own character and personality as does the farmer or grazier in the control he can exercise over his land. The landman can create his own landscape, but the artist gives only his impression of it" PA Yeomans
Percival Alfred Yeomans (1904 – 1984) was an Australian inventor known for the Keyline system for the development of land and increasing the fertility of that land. As a mining engineer and gold assayer, Yeomans had developed a keen sense of hydrology and equipment design. Upon his brother’s death in a grass fire, Percival Alfred Yeomans assumed management of a large tract of land he later named Nevallan in New South Wales. Here he developed improved methods and equipment for cultivation. His designs won him The Prince Philip Design Award in 1974.
His Keyline principles or concepts (Keyline Design) have been adopted by farm owners in almost every country in the world. Yeomans’ Keyline concepts are now part of the curriculum of many sustainable agriculture courses in colleges and universities across the world. His ideas have also been a key factor in the development of permaculture design. P.A. Yeomans wrote four books; The Keyline Plan, The Challenge of Landscape, Water For Every Farm and The City Forest.
Thanks for that video, "The Healing Effects of Holistic High Density Grazing on Land, Livestock & People's Lives", Greg Judy, Green Pastures Farm Rucker, Missouri.
It was very informative!
Lots of good stuff in presentation.
Reference to Poop Cycle made by Greg Judy: Dr. Pat Richardson of the University of Texas describes the "poop cycle" and compares the diets of dung beetles and humans.
Here is the short video:
Greg Judy also refereed to "Living Soil" 1982 Movie - It is great. Without spoken commentary, this film depicts both the life of the soil and the life within it.
Video really does a great job of depicting:
More really good stuff!
There is a great book just out by Mark Shepard, "Restoration Agriculture" He discusses the use of animals and other methods for restoring and aggregating soil. I highly recommend.
Related youtube video of an excellent presentation by Mark:
This spring students at the University of Illinois initiated a study of permaculture design at the Sustainable Student Farm on the South Farms of the Urbana, Illinois Campus. The study is called Restoration Agriculture, and the goal of the project is to compare the production of traditional corn and soy bean agricultural plots with plots that consist of woody perennials.
Great to see Universities (in this case University of Illinois) getting involved in permaculture.
Resulting research facts can help to build a shift from our current destructive agricultural practices to biennial / polyculture / permaculture practices.
With Regards and Respect To All,
Monte & Eileen Hines
On April 5, the David Brower Center welcomed environmental scholar Wes Jackson as he discussed his recent book, "Consulting the Genius of the Place: An Ecological Approach to a New Agriculture" with Executive Director Amy Tobin. Jackson is the president and founder of The Land Institute, an organization committed to developing the field of Natural Systems Agriculture, which focuses on the ecological stability of systems.
Wes Jackson wisdom and knowledge on this subject is outstanding...
Much too be learned in the short time required to watch this playlist...
A must watch...
These ideas are key to the future of humans on this planet...
We should believe our "farm raised - truth to power - life long awarded scientists" instead of "politicians on the take" and big industry "paid lobbyist scientists".
Time to wake up America and help make changes, before it is too late (may be too late already)...
We need "Permaculture Design and Implementation" on Steroids...
Need a "Permies" population explosion... !!!
GO PAUL... GO PERMIES...
"The ancient Maya, however, developed a clever rainwater catchment and delivery system based on elevated, seasonally charged reservoirs positioned in immediate proximity to the grand pavements and pyramidal architecture of their urban cores. Allocation and potability were developmental concerns from the outset of colonization. Perhaps the past can fundamentally inform the present, if we, too, can be clever."
They (Maya) probably watched nature to learn / the beaver family !!!