The BBC’s documentary A Farm for the Future is both shocking and encouraging. It’s shocking as it lays out how modern farming methods are doomed by their dependence on fossil fuels and encouraging as it explains how productive and efficient permaculture can be.
22 Billion Slaves?
Here are some interesting facts I picked up from the piece.
- The energy supply we currently depend on from fossil fuels is the equivalent of 22 billion slaves working around the clock. My, are we privileged!
- The average age of farmers in the UK is 60.
- We are losing the technology needed to farm manually (as opposed to using mechanized tractors, bailers and such).
- Plowing the soil destroys it by killing the living things within it that sustain its fertility. Mechanized farming has accelerated this process.
- Permaculture gardening in a wooded area can produce enough food for 10 people in just one acre, more than with modern farming methods. Also, it requires small amounts of work.
- Cereal farming will not be sustainable. But it can be replaced with nuts, such as hazelnuts, which are nutritionally similar to rice.
The 48 minute show is visually pleasant and quite informative. I highly recommend you give it a gander. The government is only mentioned once, at the end, where the narrator calls for government permaculture solutions – which is of course laughable.
My Strategy for Prosperity
My strategy for future prosperity includes moving to a rural area and setting up a garden, including livestock. I want to live off the land not because I necessarily think the world is going to end (though it might!), but because it is a healthy lifestyle. I want to enjoy the rest of my life close to nature and not dependent on vulnerable government-controlled supply chains. I want my son to grow up knowing how to provide for himself. I want independence, and liberty. What about you?