The Beach!

The Beach! An attempted intersection between my love of ecological agriculture, and anarchism.

Tomatoes, Peppers, Strawberries Now Grow Well in Greenland's Arctic Valleys

Greenland is seeing an extended growing season significant enough to prompt the government to explore an export agriculture industry.  However, this warmth comes with less rainfall.

Drought that ravaged US crops likely to worsen in 2013, forecast warns

"No wonder they look forward so eagerly to the future. We, with out awkwardly divergent and valued lives, our bothersome rights and meanings, are not yet there. Only posterity is native there, and they have as yet produced nothing; they have no claim recognizable by an expert. The future is already surveyed and ribboned according to the claims of these people and their clients, the corporate industrialists and the big businessmen. It is there new world, and they are its self elected ruling class."

Wendell Berry

The Unsettling of America

EPA Sued Over Failure to Protect Bees from Pesticides

"What these model farms very powerfully suggest, then, is that the concept of total control may be impossible to confine within the boundaries of the specialist enterprise —- that it is impossible to mechanize production without mechanizing consumption, impossible to make machines of soil, plants, and animals without making machines also of people."

Wendell Berry

The Unsettling of America

Swap “specialist” with “cybernetician” and you have Raoul Vaneigem

"I remember, during the fifties, the outrage with which our political leaders spoke of the forced removal of populations in villages in communist countries. I also remember that at the same time, in Washington, the word on farming was “Get big or get out” —a policy which is still in effect and which has taken an enormous toll. The only difference is that of method : the force used by the communists was military; with us, it has been economic —a “free market” in which the freest were the richest."

Wendell Berry

The Unsettling of America

"We have always had to have a “good reason” for doing away with small operators, and in modern times the good reason has often been sanitation, for which there is apparently no small or cheap technology. Future historians will no doubt remark upon the inevitable association, with us, between sanitation and filthy lucre. And it is one of the miracles of science and hygiene that the germs that used to be in our food have been replaced by poisons."

Wendell Berry

The Unsettling of America

Cheap Eats: How America Spends Money on Food

Some serious chart love going on here.

Greece: The odyssey

Al Jazeera coverage on the Greek back to the land wave.

What I’m taking most from this coverage is the general idea that the real strength of a country does not come from its government, the economy, or the state.  It comes from the land, and the people willing to work it.

Protecting Women Farmers for a Sustainable Future