Get all of the Podcasts in convenient, giant zip files
Subscribe on iTunes
Paul meets up with 6 people
who’ve supported the SKIP Kickstarter
at $65 or higher (including Alan
Booker) to talk about getting permaculture produce into grocery stores.
Paul started approaching the question from the perspective of competing with, or outcompeting, commercial growers. A big obstacle to this is the middle-men that commercial growers go through, as supermarkets really don’t want to talk to you if you’re not one. They work with a bunch of growers to take their produce and mess with it (e.g. applying petroleum
wax and stickers) before sending it off to shops. All this stuff takes time, and often the best tasting produce doesn’t have much shelf life, so they’re not going to want it because it’ll rot before getting to the shelf. Alan adds that as foods get more sugars and secondary metabolites in them, they get more resistant to fungi
and molds. Molds are thus most active when the produce has some, but not too much, nutrients in them, an inverted bell curve, if you will.
It might be better to take a different approach – instead of getting permaculture apples into shops, make different ways of getting apples to people. Instead of driving miles to a supermarket that gets their produce from 400 miles away, get produce from your metaphorical backyard. Meanwhile, going with the question can also yield good results – lower overheads for the growers alone will greatly improve their lives, and starting on the path of permaculture can bring them as much safety as the extra money that they’re bringing in. Additionally, shorter supply chains mean fewer chances for them to break, also adding to safety, and lower costs.
Fruit trees forum
Podcast 236 - Interview with Sally Fallon on Raw Milk
Broken Limbs by Jamie Howell
Support the Empire
Help support the empire and get all of the podcasts in a bundle here
in the digital market at permies.
To support production of these podcasts, make a donation here at Paul's Patreon
This podcast was made possible thanks to:
Dr. Hugh Gill Kultur
Eivind W. Bjørkavåg
Suleiman, Karrie, and Sasquatch
Julia Winter, world's slowest mosaic artist
Polly Jayne Smyth