I would like to invite you all to accompany me in a moment of reflection, as I ask a simple question, “Where do we stand?”
Life has changed too much since the 18th century Industrial Revolution as Europe and America transitioned to improved manufacturing processes, courtesy of steam engineering. A new sentiment of optimism lifted the cities. Heavy waves of migration took place from those in rural communities, who were eager to witness the advances in transportation, communication, banking and obviously manufacturing that were taken place in the cities. Yet, this massive migration came at a cost, and over time it affected the countries mood people turned their backs from the romantic ideals to focus on reason and courage which emerged with realism, which were in my perspective, best captured by Tolstoy and Dickens.
World War II created a blunt, tart response to war and it’s definition of freedom. A nostalgia to the simplicity of rural life was in the air, as the new states slowly gave rise to their own identity as people grieved their loss and held together to build a better future.
The high demands on food production created GMO’s in the 70’s. “Monsanto works with farmers from around the world to make agriculture more productive and sustainable. Our technologies enable farmers to get more from every acre of farmland,” Too many farmers enchanted by the idea of an drastic increase in production and pest resistance with the advantages of a smaller work force, transitioned from their “archaic” ways to a the way of the future. (At this time I refuse to get into one of my anit-GMO banters, yet I will do so in a later post)
In the 1990 with the launching of the World Wide Web another type of revolution took place. Life has changed, the patience of waiting for a letter to arrive to your mailbox has now been replaced by check-marks and the frustration the recipient doesn’t stop what she/he is doing to respond. Quality of life is now simplified by apps and disconnection from the world seems almost impossible.
As a response to the chaotic stress of the “now” of today a new movement is now emerging a Rural Renaissance. It’s encouraging to witness this migration. I personally, haven’t been able to make the transition yet, finding land with the characteristics that fulfill my family needs and economical reality has been a great issue, add to that the handicap that here in Panama homeschooling is considered illegal so our move to the country side has been limited by the availability of good education for my boys.
Our search hasn’t ended and won’t end until we achieve what we want. Finding 5 acres, with a good source of water, in a relatively safe area near a school.
Where I’m heading with this rapid allocution is that it doesn’t really matter what agricultural practice we use. It is important to consider before all an organic method. If we are what we eat, why do we crave the consumption of counterfeit fruits and veggies?
Embrace biodynamics, permaculture and/or soil biology. It is imperative we go back to the basics. Last night, I made a new friend and there was something he said (which besides giving me a brain crush) inspired me today to write this post, “We need to go back to our origins,” the truth behind these words is undeniable. Progress is great, but it is critical to distinguish at what cost.
So today, I invite you all to head to your sheds, pick all those pesticides and chemicals that you dump into your gardens and kick them to the curb.
The Telegraph, “Countryside population to increase dramatically by 2025”