Paul’s permaculture smackdown continues with Katie and Geoff into chapter 4 of Sepp Holzer’s Desert or Paradise (Opalyn and Mark would have joined, but were either busy with the PDC, or en route to it).
This podcast goes into some political stuff, but just so far as to understand Sepp’s standpoint.
A strategy to feed the world - becoming a gardener of the earth
“Feeding the world self-sufficiently is possible anywhere. When the Inuit in Greenland, and the sand people in Africa start doing the same thing because of funding guidelines, both will become dependent and starve. [...] Famine is man made. Hunger can be caused by drought, but most of it is the result of wrong global politics and agriculture. [...] People starve because of ruthless corporate groups making a lot of money through the unfair distribution of food. I actually believe that hunger is consciously used (by?) a select few making money at the cost of many. While I am writing this, millions of people are demonstrating in the streets of South America, North Africa, and also Europe against the 70% rise in the cost of food. It is a year of record harvests, so how is this possible? I believe the global companies and their henchmen in the governments to be responsible. Can I give ecological answers to such obvious political wrongdoing? Yes, I can. People can start growing their own food again. It will make them self-sufficient, and autonomous, which would put an end to the corruption in the food industry. I am convinced that our planet can feed three times as many, that is 21 billion instead of 7 billion, people. All it takes is respect for all living beings, and a sensibile management of nature’s enormous resources.” Noone likes politicians, although some do a really good job, they are unfortunately few and far between. Also, as vindication for Sepp, in 2012 there was a study stating that Sepp’s techniques would indeed feed 21 billion people!
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