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You Are Therefore I Am–A Declaration On Dependence   -p.169

” The Sage of India have for millennia lived in the forests. They cultivated no gardens, hunted no animals, and lived on wild fruits of the forest while meditating on the nature, learning from nature and teaching their students about the mystery on nature.” said Vandana Shiva.

 



 


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節錄自 2006國家生態電影節˙會議記錄
『面對自然.書寫森林─自然寫作的第一課』座談會

凌拂建議:雖然人都有「種植」的慾望,但如果有一大花園的話,最好應該要考慮留下一塊空地進行「野放」

「野放」的觀念:

*不經人為修飾,而以自然的方式,讓植物在小小的一塊空地上,隨意成長。
*以這種概念經營土地,能夠以最省力的方式,自然聚集最多樣的物種,並能在不同的季節裡,呈現出多樣的生命景觀,隨時都會有新奇地變化。而不是像普通「園藝植物」花園一般,需要人們大量用大量的心力與金錢來栽培及照顧,而且景色也是單調與一成不變的。
*「園藝花園」雖然看起來景觀非常富麗,但其所代表的意義卻是「死寂」。在完美的表相下,「園藝花園」有的只是人為的控制,缺乏其他生命的共同參與,無法吸引生命。

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by Anita from India

This is a traditional method of growing crops wherein 5,7,9 or 12 varieties (I think any number is ok, they somehow mentioned these:)) are planted together. It is a mixture of rice, maize, millets, daals and oil seeds. Apparently people in the mountains have small pieces of land and they grow crops in this fashion since it provides them with the different food items they need. It makes sense in the face of today’s volatile market to diversify. In case, the price of one of the items falls, the farmer does not go broke as he or she would if they were growing a single crop. With this kind of diversity, they also eat well. The plants are not all competing for the same nutrients and they complement each other in what they draw out of the soil. Pests don’t turn into epidemics since they do easily encounter another plant that they are infesting. The harvesting time of each crop is different, though they are sown at the same time. So the harvesting work is sort of spread out. This is good way to improve the fertility of the soil within a year. What would usually take about 3 years can be done in 1 since the plants support each other.

Too many positive aspects. There must be some problem with this set up, no? Well, harvesters will not work in this kind of a set up. And who needs harvesters on a small farm anyway. Small is beautiful, what else can I say!

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by Anita from India

Organic has come to mean many things. Whole Foods stocks organic strawberries. Well, they are organic in that they haven’t been sprayed with chemicals. But how have these strawberries been grown? More often than not, on large monoculture farms in California. That’s organic, isn’t it? Yes, in terms of the being synthetic chemical free. But one needs to question where the organic compost, mulch etc is coming from. The minute a farm is huge and mechanized, it becomes difficult to prepare these on the farm. The farm is still dependant on external inputs, which are perhaps being shipped thousands of miles. So is this model really sustainable? Read the rest of this entry »