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Wisdom of Solomon on Agriculture and Society

Solomon was right! “He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread, But he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding.” Here Solomon implies that not working one’s land for food is frivolous, that is, it is not sensible. Modern urbanization which strives toward producing useless garden plants that appeal to certain lusts of the eye, but which do not feed the nutritional needs of the body is “devoid of understanding.” Hence we are creating an unsustainable environment which is not consistent with the ancient wisdom of the Biblical Solomon.

Now more than ever, individuals and families, wherever they are, should grow food. Now more than ever information is available to promote local and sensible food production using tried, tested and innovative, nontoxic techniques. Keywords include urban agriculture, metrofarm, permaculture, organic gardening, biointensive, biodynamic.
For too long have we received the lie that society’s roots are better off removed from agriculture. We increasingly work in stale, artificially lit, environments, while wondering why so we and so many poeple around us are sick and diseased. We have been systematically deceived that civilization, as it is peddled to us, is better and inevitable. Petroleum-based leaders in chemical, agricultural, and pharmaceutical industries do not want a public trend toward returning to the land with innovative and traditionally non-toxic methods. Yet toxic and industrial agriculture is failing. Small farming has been demonstrated by current intensive scientific investigation to be better able to satisfy the world’s needs for quality and low cost food. See the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development.

Antagonists of humanity include people who, with their secret policies, deceive us that toxic agriculture is beneficial to the human race. These kinds of people are pushing genocidal legislation and policies such as H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, which has nothing to do with promoting food safety and has everything to do with intensifying a global trend to remove every bit of self-determination people have to produce and choose their own natural food and natural medicine. The Apostle Paul warned us of such people, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” In modern times, it may not be enough to just turn away from such people due to their ability to use technology to affect us wherever we are: on our food, and in the skies through aerial spraying. Therefore for the promotion of public safetly, these threats to human health and individual welfare must be exposed.

Those who would ignore the dangers of toxic chemicals sprayed on our food and neighborhoods fit Paul’s discription well. They are “lovers of themselves,” which implies that they are out for their own benefit regardless of the peril of others. They are “lovers of money,” which implies that they will ignore the health and welfare of humanity for the profit of monitary gain. They are “boasters.” This tells us of how they will boast of their untested and dangerous techniques as superior to natural techniques, but to the detriment of human health. They are “without self-control,” which implies that they will destroy the lives and livelyhoods of other people due to their lack of discipline. The are “traitors.” which implies that they will sell out to self-interest while marginalizing human safety. They claim some kind of goodness (ie. “godliness”), yet they do not believe in the goodness they claim to cling to. In essence, they are political and societal hypocrates and very dangerous to human welfare.

Consider the following example of environmental recklessness:

In the fall of 2007, the State of California sprayed pesticides over Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties to control the potentially invasive Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM).

In the following weeks, over 600 people reported adverse health effects, ranging from breathing problems to rashes.

Tens of thousands of Californians called on Governor Schwarzenegger to investigate the health complaints and end the LBAM Eradication Program.

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Further extremism promoting genocidal policies against humanity in the US and globally through forced toxic chemical exposure is presented by the Natural Solutions Foundation. Also see the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. And nonais.org.

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Permaculture Organizations and Pioneers as per http://www.ecoforum-univerd.voluntariat.org/Angles/index.htm

Permaculture Institute (AU)
PC Research Institute (AU)
PC Research Institute (USA)
PC Research Institute Denmark
Permaculture Dryland Ins(AU)
Permakultur Ins of Europe (DK)
Permakultur Ins Deutschland (DL)
Pacific Edge Permaculture Central Rocky Mountain (USA)
Maui PC Institute (USA)
High Altitude PCI (USA)
Kootenay Permaculture Institute
Cross Timbers P Institute
P. Institute Northern California
Permaculture Association UK
Permakultur Steyerberg (DL)
Permaculture Solutions (AU)
PCTraining Centre (Uganda)
Zimbabwe Institute for PC
PC International Ltd (AU)
Permaculture Magazine (UK)
The Permaculture Activist
Green CONNECTIONS
Magazine Direct Action
Owner Builder Magazine
Earth Garden Magazine
Journal Pc Credit Union
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Bill Mollison (AUS)
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Terry White (AUS)
Stephen Lesiuk (AUS)
John Fargher (AUS)
Max O Lindegger (AUS)
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Lea Harrison (AUS)
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Bill Rolley (USA)
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Ianto Evans (USA)
John Tood (USA)
Michael Shafer (USA)
David Hammond (USA)
Graham Bell (SC)
David Bremner (SC)
Nancy Woodhead (SC)
Gill Emslie (SC)
Simon Pratt (UK)
George Sobol (UK)
Tim Harland (UK)
Martin Vance (UK)
Joan Randle (UK)
Richard Webb (IR)
Declan Kennedy (DL)
Margrit Kennedy (DL)
Rudolf Doernach (DL)
Alessandro Vasella (DL)
Peter Birkett (DL)
Tony Andersen (DK)
Inga Axelsen (DK)
Gimle (DK)
Preben Maegaard (NL)
Karel Lorteije (NL)
Fransje de Waard (NL)
Ishi Crosby (NL)
Sarah Crosby (NL)
Bertil Thermaenius (SW)
Andreas Infuhr (AUST)
David Farrelly (FR)
John Cant (FR)
Steve Page (FR)
Andy Arlinton (FR)
Iuris Balboni (IT)
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Elio Guevara (CU)
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John Hunwick (UG)
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Joss Brooks (IND)
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Book List on Permaculture (Permanent Agriculture)

PERMACULTURE: A Designers’ Manual by Bill Mollison and Reny Mia Slay (Hardcover – Oct 1, 1997)

Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture by John Todd and Toby Hemenway (Paperback – April 2001)

Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability by David Holmgren (Paperback – Dec 2002)

Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison (Paperback – Aug 1997)

The Permaculture Way: Practical Steps To Create A Self-Sustaining World (Practical Steps) by David Bellamy, Bill Mollison, Graham Bell, and Brick (Paperback – Mar 30, 2005)

Smart Permaculture Design by Jenny Allen (Paperback – Oct 2006)

How to Grow More Vegetables: And Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine by John Jeavons

How to Make a Forest Garden by Patrick Whitefield (Paperback – Jun 1996)

The Basics Of Permaculture Design by Ross Mars and Martin Ducker

The Permaculture Home Garden by Linda Woodrow (Paperback – Jun 25, 1998)

Permaculture in a Nutshell by Patrick Whitefield (Paperback – Jun 1993)

The Permaculture Garden by Graham Bell and Sarah Bunker (Paperback – Mar 21, 2005)

Edible Forest Gardens: Ecological Design And Practice For Temperate-Climate Permaculture (Edible Forest Gardens) by Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier (Hardcover – Oct 20, 2005)

The Permaculture Book of Ferment & Human Nutrition by Bill Mollison (Paperback – Aug 1997)

Permaculture Plants: A Selection by Jeff Nugent and julia Boniface (Paperback – Mar 30, 2005)

The Earth Care Manual: A Permaculture Handbook For Britain & Other Temperate Climates by Patrick Whitefield (Hardcover – Mar 30, 2005)

Chicken Tractor: The Permaculture Guide to Happy Hens and Healthy Soil by Andy Lee and Pat Foreman (Paperback – Jan 1998)

Urban Permaculture: A Practical Handbook for Sustainable Living by David Watkins (Paperback – Jun 1993)

Edible Forest Gardens: Ecological Vision, Theory For Temperate Climate Permaculture by Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier (Hardcover – Aug 30, 2005)

Permaculture Two by Mollison (Paperback – Jun 1979)

Permaculture by Bill Mollison (Paperback – Nov 1990)

Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture by Rosemary Morrow (Paperback – April 1, 2000)

The Woodland Way: A Permaculture Approach to Sustainable Woodland Management by Ben Law (Paperback – Nov 2001)

Permaculture One: A Perennial Agriculture for Human Settlements by Bill Mollison (Paperback – Jun 1981)

Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture 2nd Edition by Bromeliad Society of Australia (Paperback – Jan 2, 2007)

Growing food in the southwest mountains: A permaculture approach to home gardening above 6,500 feet in Arizona, New Mexico, southern Colorado and southern Utah by Zack Zdinack and Lisa Rayner (Paperback – May 1, 2002)

Permaculture (4 Issues) (Hardcover)

Sustainable Living at “Melliodora” Hepburn Permaculture Gardens: A Case Study in Cool Climate Permaculture 1985-1995 by David Holmgren (Paperback – Feb 2002)

Permaculture: Finding our own Vines and Fig Trees (Dominican Women on Earth) by OP Carol Coston (Paperback – 2003)

Permaculture in the garden. (Notes from the Northwoods).: An article from: Countryside & Small Stock Journal by Sue Robishaw (Mar 1, 2003)

The Permaculture Plot: The Guide to Permaculture in Britain by Simon Pratt (Paperback)

Getting Started in Permaculture by Ross Mars and Jenny Mars (Paperback – Oct 1, 2006)

Living Community: A Permaculture Case Study at Sol y Sombra by Ben Haggard (Paperback – Nov 1993)

Permaculture 1: A perennial agricultural system for human settlements (A Corgi book) by B. C Mollison (Paperback – 1978)

A Permaculture School Garden: An article from: Green Teacher by Patrick Praetorius (Jun 30, 2006)

The Best of Permaculture: A Collection by Max O. Lindegger and Robert Tap (Paperback – Oct 1990)

Permaculture One: A Perennial Agricultural System for Human Settlements by Mollison and Holmgren (Paperback – 1990)

Water in permaculture (Design course series) by B. C Mollison (Unknown Binding – 1988)

Gap Mountain Permaculture mouldering toilet by Doug Clayton (Unknown Binding – Jan 1, 1992)

Earthuser’s Guide to Permaculture: Teacher’s Notes by Rosemary Morrow (Paperback – Feb 1997)

Permaculture. A Designers’ Manual by Bill. Mollison (Hardcover – 1999)

Permaculture for urban areas and urban-rural links (Design course series) (Design course series) by B. C Mollison (Unknown Binding – Jan 1, 1985)

Forests in permaculture: Food forests, structural forests, forests and the atmosphere, techniques of tree establishment (Design course series) by B. C Mollison

The Permaculture Book of Ferment & Human Nutrition by Bill Mollison (Hardcover – 1993)

Permaculture techniques (Design course series) by B. C Mollison (Unknown Binding – 1988)

The song of the earth: A permaculture design of a sustainable world system by Jamie Hamilton (Unknown Binding – Jan 1, 1993)

Permaculture for fire control ; Permaculture for millionaires (Design course series) (Design course series) by B. C Mollison (Unknown Binding – Jan 1, 1984)

Permaculture: Anarchist agriculture, or just more of the same? (Human geography. Occassional [sic] paper / University of Waikato) by Peter Mark Robertson (Unknown Binding – 1985)

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Is “Sustainable Agriculture” an Oxymoron?

“Jared Diamond calls it ‘the worst mistake in the history of the human race.’(1) Bill Mollison says that it can ‘destroy whole landscapes.’(2) Are they describing nuclear energy? Suburbia? Coal mining? No. They are talking about agriculture. The problem is not simply that farming in its current industrial manifestation is destroying topsoil and biodiversity. Agriculture in any form is inherently unsustainable. At its doorstep can also be laid the basis of our culture’s split between humans and nature, much disease and poor health, and the origins of dominator hierarchies and the police state. Those are big claims, so let’s explore them. . .” . Read the full article here

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