I don't know how many people here are familiar with the work of Zach Bush. He frequently gives very impassioned, mind blowing talks about health and our environment. He just released this video which is an animated excerpt from one of his best podcasts with Rich Roll. The animation was done by Mark Woodson from After Skool.
I don't know that Zach considers himself a permaculturist, but so much in this video reflects these values and ideas to me that I felt I had to share it here with you all. It's a presentation dense with information ranging across a broad spectrum which will probably horrify you in some areas and inspire you in others. He often does this. Despite all the problems he outlines you are generally left with optimistic hope that we live in an exciting time in a beautiful world. I find him to be an excellent speaker and someone who has introduced truly paradigm shifting concepts into my life.
Thank you for this post David. The emphasis about how crops can be grown without them producing protective compounds within their tissues because of the practice of protecting them from pest pressure with the use of sprays (organic or synthetic) can't be told enough. That these defensive compounds in the plants are so very important to human health and that they have been bred out as well as eliminated from forming as a result of the plants not being attacked by insects is sobering.
This reminds me to forage wild plants as well as to grow landrace seeds for our crops that were selected for so that they got their nutrients in association with the soil food web and without the use of any protective sprays or row covers. Joseph Lofthouse shares stories about how his landraces will be doing fine under those conditions while a standard commercially available seed variety planted with his plants and will get chomped to the ground by insects. I know which kind of seed I want to grow and eat! Thank you again for your wonderful seeds Joseph.
I agree; Zach Bush has definitely dawned the permacultural-regenerative lens and speaks eloquently from this paradigm-shifting worldview. I recommend anyone who wants to hear about medicine and the healthcare system from an evidence-based permacultural perspective listen to and watch Dr. Zach Bush.
Here is his website.