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Douglas Crouch
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Its easy to see how we as organic farmers and permaculturists are growers of microorganisms and they grow food. Very important topic in ecosystem regeneration.
Here is an article i wrote on the topic. made an analogy to humans as the interlinks are there and our gut biology and disease.
https://treeyopermacultureedu.wordpress.com/chapter-8-soils/soil-food-web-intro/
 
Ginger Keenan
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Nice article
 
Bryant RedHawk
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Excellent article Douglas.

We will only see great strides towards earth recovery when Big Ag, jumps on board the Natural bandwagon.
We are seeing great things in countries that have rejected the Big Ag methodology. These countries understand that foods grown their way lack the nutritional value needed for good health and well being.
The USA has been the biggest instigator of the destructive methods of farming, having started it all close to the beginning of the twentieth century and continuing despite scientific findings showing them they are wrong in their thinking.
The reason they can continue their destructive ways is Greed rules the USA. People are enamored by the pursuit of the almighty dollar, Big Ag has mass quantities of dollars invested in the methodology and must therefore continue touting their methods least their profit margin fall away and they meet their demise.
The Government, listens to those who hold the most dollars, this results in a continuation of and even an increase in agricultural stupidity. It is unfortunate but understandable when we understand that everything is controlled for the love and pursuit of money and not interest in providing real nutrition.

Having been preaching healthy soil means healthy people for over 40 years, I have seen little actual progress than I have seen status quo.
Farmers are so indoctrinated into the "Modern Farming Methods" that they vehemently resist change, unless they have already failed enough to become desperate enough to try something different.
When they reach this point, try our methods in search of relief from their desperation and see that they then make a profit, only then do they become enlightened and join us in the process of change for the betterment of mother earth.
 
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Thanks for the feedback and its beyond the boarders of the states that big ag has created a mess. The cork trees of portugal appears to be dying out in this moment in Portugal. if this happens, the desert comes unless we rally together for a sub saharan green belt on key line tin compost tea and the like. Having talked to conventional farmers in the area they seem to get the idea (even in my broken portanol- portuguese spanish mix) of soil biology. however when the eu is paying 500 euro a head for cattle why not be lazy and drive an audi suv, a toyota truck and a smart car like one tenant farmer. thanks to my tax euros. arggg. but we are making good headway here in portugal but it may indeed be a dramatic thing like th corks dying before people stop doing such destructive things to the soil
 
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Yes, it is a sad fact that people only react after it has become to late. In many areas there are now extinct species that people only decided to save after it was way past the time to have success in a recovery project.
Right now California is still struggling to save the Condor, a bird that was devastated by chemical use back in the 1950-60's period. When they finally decided to do something there were only 6 mating pairs left.
Now they have a new problem with saving the Condors, that is getting them to eat their natural diet, which included dead seals. The now living condors are remiss to eat the diet natural to them after decades of being bred in captivity then released to the wild.
The "new" Adult birds have no idea of what to eat, they have been conditioned by their "saviors" to eat an un-natural diet and so many of the released birds have starved to death.
The population of Condors is once again near extinction, and I foresee this magnificent bird going extinct in my life time, simply because people reacted far to late to have any real success at saving the species.

Humans have caused so many extinctions that it is unbelievable unless you accept the fact that humans are stupid about their role here on our earth mother.
No other creature has caused as much devastation to the planet that sustains them. Humans habitually destroy and call the destruction "progress", one day they will finish the job of destroying earth mother and they will cease to exist by their own hand.
I find it laughable that so many people tell me that all things are here for their use, forgetting that they are supposed to be the caretakers, not the destroyers of earth mother.
I think most people are insane, for only the insane would destroy that which sustains their life and their way of life.

When the cork trees are gone, the makers and drinkers of wine will lament, for they will no longer have the stoppers that allow that drink to live and nourish. It will be the end of some folks way of life, that has been around for centuries.

 
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