Agri-Culture: Reconnecting People, Land and Nature by Jules Pretty OBE

By Jules Pretty OBE

Anything is incorrect with our agricultural and nutrition structures. regardless of nice growth in expanding productiveness within the final century, thousands 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 booklet attracts on many tales of winning transformation. A sustainable agriculture making the simplest 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 cross heavily past the high quality phrases. This ebook exhibits that there's no substitute to radical reform of nationwide agricultural, rural and nutrients guidelines, and associations - the time has come for the subsequent agricultural revolution.

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It Does Matter Who Tells the Story Who gets to tell the stories matters greatly. Every piece of land or landscape contains as many meanings and constructions as the people who have interacted with it. A modern industrialized landscape, let’s call it a monoscape, has few meanings. By contrast, a diverscape has many. Thus, a single story of the land is not the only story, though many would have us believe it to be true. When the Europeans first brought their visions to the Pacific and Australasia, they saw the landscape and met the people.

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.

If we find a moment’s peace on an hour’s walk across a meadow by the river, does it matter that this is a shaped nature, and not a wild one? Wilderness is an idea, and it is a deep and appealing one. Some shaping of landscape can be so subtle that we hardly notice. Nigel Cooper asks how natural is a nature reserve, and identifies a range of places where conceptions of nature are located in the British landscape, including biodiversity reserves, wilderness areas, historic countryside parks, and what he calls ‘companion places’.

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