Agricultural Practice Integrates Natural Farming
by Sky Jaffe
Food and its production have become a predominant issue for government and local communities alike. The issues are local efficiency, production strategies, and environmental impact. These issues need solutions. The difference between an agricultural monoculture sprayed with chemicals, and organic agriculture based on biodiversity, is about sustainability and efficiency. Masanobu Fukuoka, in his book, The One Straw Revolution, explains how natural farming is based on observing relationships within nature and caring for the plants that are in the ecosystem. Michael Pollan writes in his article, "The Food Movement, Rising," that the food industry and government strive to keep food cheap with incentives for long shelf life and quick meals. Our food system is no longer about fresh, vital, and nutritious, but rather cheap, hardy, and processed. This makes mass production easy and shelf life extensive. As long as we see only one purpose - high yield for production - we will achieve only that one goal. The issues stem from the isolation of ideas that do not take into account the ecosystem as a whole. By observing how nature grows and regenerates, we can perceive our relationship to the whole and learn how to allow the ecosystem to realize its full potential. The fact is we can grow food organically with sustainable biodiversity and support a thriving society.