Once our land is completely contaminated by large scale industrial farming, it can be reclaimed by relearning how to plow with oxen, how to fight insects naturally and how to enrich the soils poisoned by years of over-reliance on oil-based pesticides and gas-based fertilizers and degraded by mechanized cultivation.
Remember that little island off our coast by the name of Cuba? Folks are going there to study how that country reclaimed its land and brought it back to life.
We know the guy in San Miguel d’Allende, MX., who takes study groups there. He’s Dr. Cliff DuRand and once you hear him speak, you’ll understand why his wisdom and insights and those of his associates are making a difference in the world.
They present movies, lectures and reports on the many issues facing the world, including agriculture.
The public reports of eight people from San Miguel started last week when they returned from a study trip visiting farms, urban gardens and ecological reserved, talking with farmers and agronomists and officials and learning about coops.
They are explaining how Cubans have combined time-tested traditional methods of farming land with cutting-edge techniques developed by scientists.
Years ago Cuba was forced to abandon its large scale industrial farming when it lost access to fertilizers and pesticides, oil, machinery and other imported materials due to its collapse of trade with the former Soviet bloc.
It is now the largest conversion to organic farming ever attempted anywhere.
Cuba treads lightly upon the earth.
The little group from San Miguel, was sponsored by DuRand’s Center for Global Justice and and the Martin Luther King Memorial Center.