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The co-author of Edible Forest Gardens (among other titles) speaks about earth-friendly methods for promoting robust food production while improving soil fertility, sequestering carbon and contributing to equitable economies. The talk was hosted by Heifer International, a non-profit which works with communities around the world to end hunger and poverty through the use of sustainable farm and garden practices.

10 Responses to “A Talk on Regenerative Farming (video)”

  1. C. Kirkley

    I am 11 minutes into this video and this guy has already endorsed genetically modifying non-food producing wheat. He says the wheat we have now has an inferior root system, incapable of doing a satisfactory job of sequestering carbon but the perennial wheat’s root system would be better at it but doesn’t produce much food. He goes on to say, “We’re working on that”?? Who is “we” and what exactly is he saying there?

    So, after hearing about “climate justice” and the modifying of natural plant life into something different, there really is no reason to finish watching this video, as if I could bear to do so.

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  2. FR

    @C. Kirkley:
    Hello there. It’s interesting how information can be misunderstood and misinterpreted! I haven’t watched the whole video but at minute 11 he is talking about the interesting project brought forward by the Land Institue and Wes Jackson. Nothing to do with OGM. They are working on selecting food-producing perennial wheat the same way humans have bred and selected today annual grains and vegetables (the ones your are talking about) simply by breeding, crossing and then selecting the desired characteristics in the following generation of plants. The only issue I coud see is that plants currently being tested are hybrids and I would like to know more about this aspect. We need to move away from annuals (a mistake made thousands of years ago) as much as possible and selecting perennial grains might not be a bad idea as part of the solution togehter with of course forest gardens.

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  3. Eric Toensmeier

    That is to say, nothing done that couldn’t have been accomplished by a couple of frisky bees. In fact I’m quite opposed to GMOs, as I believe I make quite clear later in the talk.

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  4. Ry Thompson

    Excellent video. Thanks for posting.

    In response to C. Kirkley – Eric is referring to the very exciting work of Wes Jackson and The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, USA. He’s very well respected in the sustainable agriculture world and has been working towards perennial polycultures for decades. See http://www.landinstitute.org for more information.
    Thanks,
    Ry

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