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Generally environmentally sound practices are adopted by people who are trying to be environmentally 'friendly'. Seems like chemical farmers are always described at being at war with nature. I think I am mostly environmentally friendly when I garden. I don't use chemicals, try to build fungal and bacterial communities up in my soils. I am even fond of and friendly with most of my insects and spiders. I still want to put up a garden sign in my front yard reading "Welcome to my war on nature."

Chemical farmers/gardeners are at war with nature. But they're losing. They keep reusing and intensifying the same losing strategies. Not only are they losing, it's a pyrrhic defeat where they're burning the whole world with them as they fail. I like wild areas and wildlife, but that's not what I'm working for in my garden. I have clearly defined planting areas, play areas, work areas, and even sitting areas that may be lusher than most, but it still fits well within my suburban yard. I have a designated portion of my backyard that I leave wild, on purpose. If gardening has to be approached as a confrontation against nature, then permaculture is a successful campaign. I think in the perfect design everything works together in a way that is ultimately best for the designer. Rather than continually having to counter natures newest defense/offensive to your actions you sit back rule over nature (which is now your servant)

I also like to tell explain to people that properly done, organic gardening is cheaper, easier, and less expensive than chemical methods. Even if you're comfortable with spraying poisons wouldn't you like things to be easier?

I'll admit, I just really wanted to leave a post in meanless drivel.
 
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I think I like having nature as my family member rather than as my servant...we don't always get along, but generally we find ways to work and play together....
 
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And that's a more realistic view, but I don't think it has the level of sarcasm as looking at it from a chemical farmer's perspective and then going 'you're doing it wrong' But then I'm used to only amusing myself.
 
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The "War on Nature" sign could definitely spark some conversations.

 
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