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By Jules Pretty OBE

Whatever is incorrect with our agricultural and nutrition platforms. regardless of nice development in expanding productiveness within the final century, enormous quantities of thousands of individuals stay hungry and malnourished. Can not anything be performed or is it time for the growth of one other type of agriculture, based on extra ecological rules, and in concord with humans, their societies and cultures?This publication attracts on many tales of profitable transformation. A sustainable agriculture making the easiest of nature and people's wisdom and collective capacities has been displaying more and more reliable promise. everyone seems to be in desire of sustainability, but few move heavily past the superb phrases. This booklet exhibits that there's no replacement to radical reform of nationwide agricultural, rural and nutrients guidelines, and associations - the time has come for the following agricultural revolution.

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By continuing to separate humans and nature, the dualism also appears to suggest that we can invent simple technologies that intervene to reverse the damage caused by this very dualism. The greater vision, and the more difficult to define, involves looking at the whole and seeking ways to redesign it. The Cartesian ‘either/or’ between humans and nature remains a strange concept to many human cultures. It is only modernist thinking that has separated humans from nature in the first place, putting us up as distant controllers.

Take one away, and the whole falls apart. Today, 229 years after Cook’s landfall, I am standing with Phil and Suzie Grice on their Western Australian wool and cereal farm. They have an ecologically literate view of the landscape. They had seen what happened through modern farming, and where it had led their family and neighbours. In a brief two centuries, modern farming and land management methods brought substantial economic benefit, but great harm, too, to the environment and land. Phil says: ‘For two generations, the previous owner and his father pushed back the frontier, removing nature and replacing it with fields.

They are a connection between us and place, between memory and identity, between myth and meaning. Not all are traditional or old. Recent years have, for example, seen the widespread use of young crack willow to make living seats and cribs, and red poppies are worn to remember war casualties, originating from World War I. The important thing is that plants and animals play roles in culture beyond those of obvious economic purpose. But when the plant is lost forever, the tree is cut down or the weed removed, then the culture associated with it goes, too.

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