Tobias Roberts

Respecting the Limits of Place

Limitations of any sort are most often considered to be something to be avoided. From the time that we enter elementary school, the majority of us are taught that we can be whatever we want to be, do whatever we want to do, and go wherever we want to go. In essence, we are lead to believe that any sort of limitation to the vast desires and possibilities of the […]

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Tropical Food Forests

One of the biggest myths of the industrialized food system is related to the issue of productivity. The massive monocultures of wheat, soybeans, corn, and other products that are cultivated by GPS-controlled combines and fertilized with heavy doses of chemical fertilizers are upheld as the standard of maximum productivity of the land. Following from this myth, we are led to believe that if it wasn’t for the genius of industrial […]

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Patterns in the Natural World and Nature as Measure

The spirals on a snail´s shell, the ripples of wave currents seen from an airplane, the careful branching out of a tree´s limbs, a river deltas or the small veins inside a leaf: all of these are much more than pure coincidence, but rather the result of the pattern design of the natural world. While almost everyone, at some time in their life or another, has fallen in love with […]

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Sustainable Raising of Small Grains

The clear majority of the small farmers around the world make their living by growing small amounts of grains, both for subsistence and for sale in the local market. Indeed, the greatest civilizations of world history have depended on the raising of certain types of small grains for their survival; corn in the Mayan Kingdoms of Central America, quinoa in the Incan domains of South America, rice in most of […]

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