Agroecology for a Symbiotic Future

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Agriculture is the cultivation of animals, plants, fungi, and other life forms for food, fiber, biofuel, medicinal and other products used to sustain and enhance human life. ~ Wikipedia

Agriculture the science, art, or practice of cultivating the soil, producing crops, and raising livestock and in varying degrees the preparation and marketing of the resulting products ~ Websters

Bees cultivate flowering plants and gather the nectar for a uniquely fermented product called honey that sustains their complex society. They even select for purity along microbial lines thus cultivating blossoms free of certain microbials: “Nectar inhabited by yeast did not deter bees from consuming the nectar, but bacteria-laden nectar caused bees to turn up their noses.” ~ Stanford Report, January 23, 2014

“…Bees carry an electrostatic charge whereby they attract other particles in addition to pollen, which become incorporated into their honey… Honey’s sugars are dehydrated, which prevents fermentation, with added enzymes to modify and transform their chemical composition and pH. Invertases and digestive acids hydrolyze sucrose to give the monosaccharides glucose and fructose. Invertase is one of these enzymes synthesized by the body of the insect. Honey bees transform saccharides into honey by a process of regurgitation, a number of times, until it is partially digested. The bees do the regurgitation and digestion as a group. After the last regurgitation, the aqueous solution is still high in water, so the process continues by evaporation of much of the water and enzymatic transformation. Honey is produced by bees as a food source. To produce about 500 g of honey, foraging honey bees have to travel the equivalent of three times around the world. In cold weather or when fresh food sources are scarce, bees use their stored honey as their source of energy…” ~ Wikipedia. We could call that agriculture, but instead we call it nature.

Certain varieties of Ants also living in complex society cultivate fungus as an appropriate base food for their civilization: “Leaf cutting ants grow the symbiotic fungus Leucoagaricus gongylophorus that they feed with leaf material.” ~ Max Plank Institute of Chemical Ecology. We could call that agriculture, but instead we call it nature.

Foraging ruminants amplify forage production and weed suppression by an innate herd instinct that created and sustained prairies. We could call that agriculture, but we don’t. We call it nature. Several indigenous peoples regenerated and sustained prairies to raise easily harvestable and dependable food and material sources coming from a symbiotic relationship with large ruminants. In a sense the Herds raised indigenous people to amplify their prairie management scheme and overall standard of living while indigenous peoples raised the herds to amplify their standard of living. We could call this agriculture, but we generally do not. It is nature, right?

To any species in perspective of self we are boss… we are special. For this reason, all the other schemes of nature are simply nature, while ours are agriculture. So be it. However, considering the propensity for human overstep—often called “footprint”—agriculture and society in 2015 needs to morph into a more functional and integrated form that creates not just a present and prosperous human civilization today, but a total natural prosperity and resource regeneration over the long haul. Agroecology is an integrated and locally specific symbiotic scheme that cultivates “nature” while amplifying our own standard of living and the dependable supply of clean water, food, fiber, and materials. Agroecology is the mindful integration of human culture into natural culture to add greater benefit to the whole than in our human absence.

If there is one term that represents hope of a future for humanity, it is agroecology.

Agroecology: the locally specific meshing of humanity in cultural and functional integration with natural prosperity of diverse ecology to amplify the holistic standard of living and future prosperity of humankind.

Agroecology for a symbioticfuture!

The Imperative of our time

Be resilient and don’t be broken. If you are broken repair and get up on your bold and courageous horse and ride. Now more than any time in history broken people won’t cut the mustard. We need brave, inquisitive, industrious, adventurous, resilient, playful souls to live artfully and purposefully. We must now claim the primordial human niche in the natural ecology of this planet region by region as collectively functional communities that touch their deeper connection to the whole and root once and for all.

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Eagle swimming a large fish to shore: A cultural allegory

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Here is the link to A swimming Eagle

It seems like this eagle is a somewhat unique individual. I think this is a cultural point. The culture of eagles does not seem to readily pass on complex techniques generation to generation.

Killer whales and Humans are examples of cultures that in their natural form readily pass on evolutions and innovations of complex techniques. It is interesting to consider that every creature is a community of life with culture that enables and disables process adaptation. One innovation dies with one individual without a cultural process.

It is our time to learn and optimize our process for sorting out appropriate techniques and technologies clear down to the simplest process and to taboo the excesively harmful ones. The follow up must then be the cultural passing on of the evolution and adaptation of thought in light of rational thought and interpretation.

Human life, despite anyone’s ideas on evolution or not of species into something else, is in a practical rational sense a long history of ups and downs, peaks and crashes,… that we must realize hinges on our ability to sort out the junk and harm from our innovations and to hang onto the successes but in context to the local and cultural environment that allowed their success. We have the tools—if we use them well—to achieve a leap, not of evolution per say, but of progress and reunification with finite realities about the earth and our local environments and in such we also have the tools to build into what we do, a culture that will enable long term retention of what has been and is to be learned in the process.

POSITIVE FOOTPRINT  for  trees not imperialism

Let’s be regenerative and symbiotic to our local environment and not harmful or overly burdensome to the earth ecosystem as a whole. Let’s build the human connection to leave the tools of flourishing holistic society of regional connection to the next generations for them to build upon, not the collateral damage of selfish and ignorant ambition of shallow temporal benefit. Let’s rediscover a spiritual connection to the whole that takes a step toward rebuilding an inate sense and response to the successes and the groans of the whole. Life is for the living; now let us live well!


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When old tech is more advanced than the new: A quick 2 minute review

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Recently an interesting title went through linkedin: “Why 40-Year-Old Technology Can Sometimes Beat the Cutting Edge” By Dylan Tweney. I was intrigued by the idea being brought forth that I have found true time and time again in appropriate technology. In Agriculture it is specifically interesting in a way more particular than most know.


The value of shelved old tech is a good concept with resounding importance in much of my research. Even organic and sustainable agriculture, which have to do with very thoughtful buildup of the living soil over time, plant breeding for resilient and diversely adaptable genetics, and the diversification of the natural local environment to moderate extremes from pests, weather and disease was a hot topic in 1920 just before the invention of chemical agriculture that we now call “conventional agriculture”. It was the invention of a medicine base agricultural healthcare system as apposed to the then modern theory of a robust and durable healthy natural system.. People had pillaged the soils trying to keep profit high and costs low to the point where many of the prime soils were no longer strong enough to feed profitable parasitic agriculture without a steady supply of medicine. The medicine route was finagled at the expense of a different type of extraction… fossil fuel, and sustainable and organic ag was all but forgotten about at the university level until recently when agroecology has again surfaced as the solution to what has become an environmental disaster to a large part caused by chemical/conventional ag and fossil fuel overuse. Old tech can be found in 1920’s text books to be nearly identical to what is being rediscovered today. Contrary to popular belief this type of ag is not the default however, nor is it the agriculture practiced by typical American farmers since pioneer times. The default is extract and move on or settle large enough lands to extract and develop over a lifetime. Agroecology is about intelligent and contributory agriculture that adds something beneficial to the whole system bigger and more important than that which was taken away. It is also about a balance of natural to intenesively managed environment. Agroecology is a term whose time is back upon us. Will we embrace it this time around and find the niche for every local humanity that creates good by their presence instead of trying to mitigate their harm.


Let us now learn to localize and become a new and even better indiginous even than those we admire and let us meld the old, the new and the locally unique in the adventure and dance of life!

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The end of an age that will not be missed…

A British merchant being carried by a Sikkimese woman. West Bengal, ca. 1903.I am not hip on cultivating a society based on independence from our neighbors in place of interdependence.

I trust my neighbor who I can see each day or week more than bureaucracy and I choose to depend on nature with intrinsic implications of the creator and design, and simple folk in the common adventure of life, not systems of orchestrated manipulation by for profit corporations and power seekers called politicians. That is why functional and beneficial democracy is inseparable from social organization based on commons and cooperation and diametrically apposed to systems of disconnected top down power structure and anything but the simplest of non-local management. That is why ownership of lands and resources is not legitimate unless local, needs based in scale and interwoven seamlessly with stewardship. The current forms of resource and land ownership are no more legitimate than they are acceptable and will pass with this failed consumerism anti-culture. The forms of capitalism practiced in our day are similarly contrary to free market economy and human and whole system benefit, therefore modern capitalism is also an illegitimate imposter of free market wrapped in severe and immeasurable criminality.

Solutions are not difficult for younger generations, they are only difficult in the presence of powerful preservationist pensioners who spent lifetimes designing a system for their retirement that would exceed the grandeur of their parents and who consider the yoke and tax upon the natural world and the younger generations as an entitlement well earned through their sweat and hard work. What they do not perceive is that they worked for the system prescribed to them, creating massive wealth for a privileged few for a retirement kickback in return and this in no way entitles them to any ounce of nature, lands, or younger generations. There is no entitlement. Those who promised it did not own it and have no right to give. They are a masquerade, a façade of something that falls as a house of cards in the face of the revolution of conscience. The knowledge and conscience revolution changes everything.

Take heed elders, you are entitled to nothing material but instead relationships you have cultivated, respect, personal care recipricated by those who you have loved, and an ear stretched to hear any legitimate wisdom you may have collected upon the road of life. Your elderly sustenance legitimately comes not from your financial investments, but from your care of personal health, the environment, and your care of the younger people around you. I hope you have invested wisely; fare well.

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Rainbows a distraction of little consequense…

Rainbows don’t actually mean gay, they are just rainbows and light spectrums. Gay doesn’t even actually mean gay anymore. It means something private and a little off in a time when almost everything is off. Our time in history can be consumed with a focus on distractions and causes of non-consequence. To me pretending like “gay-rights” is an important cause is silly. Human rights are important and should not delve into the details of one’s sexuality.

I love people in general. I am not anxious to judge others or to pass laws on things like this. I love people independent of their sexuality and I don’t think it is right to group them by what they do in secret and like or dislike people based on those kinds of things. I am one who does not care what any country or community decides on this. It is a local issue not a human right. It simply is not black and white. I want the frenzy to pass so we can get back to the real problems and wonders and beauty that are all around us and learn to live together with our friends, family, and neighbors.

Ramadan blessing, Pope Francis and the de-secularization of thought

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An indigenous natural perspective on fasting and dua (blessing):

In the name of the one who created and designed all that we know in this majestic world:

Ramadan is for the spiritual calibration of actionable positive reality in a large swath of humanity—the worlds Muslims. It is time for Islam to voice by a billion strong populous a common message to humanity toward the knowledge and conscience revolution that is now budding in the shadows of our modern materialist culture failure.

May this month be embraced with meditative focus and a vivid hearing of the whispers that reverberate from Allah through the ecology of the planet. May the plumb line be laid upon our souls this summer for a righting of cultures and individuals with rational reality and reverence for the common ecology created to sustain, invigorate, and inspire us and all life and creatures in a common home.

Pope Francis has finally initiated the de- secularization of the pressing issues of our day. ON THE CARE OF OUR COMMON HOME begins with a message that is vibrantly universal to commonality of faith:

  1. “Laudato si’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces vari­ous fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”.1
  2. This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irre­sponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she “groans in travail” (Rom 8:22). We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7); our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we re­ceive life and refreshment from her waters.

1 Canticle of the Creatures, in Francis of Assisi: Early Docu­ments, vol. 1, New York-London-Manila, 1999, 113-114.

(The beginning of 184 pages published today by Pope Francis and available in PDF online or from Amazon in book form.)

Islam unlike Catholicism has no supreme authority aside from Allah–the creator. Sadly in our time many muftis are put forward and their often silly or ridiculous Fatwas imbued an air of authority. Big Middle Eastern money pushes agendas and opinions with power, zeal, and world reach. Most of the prominent voices of Islam in 2015, like ISIS,  are goons of the system that a world of Muslims, to their credit, quietly ignore along with all of the ridiculous rulings, knowing that they have no more authority than words on a matchbox. The Quran and Hadith or the realities and truths of the faith that both are to communicate are understood through the connection of people and cultures with the created world, ecology, and ‘mother nature’, not by studious eggheads with impressive recitation within 4 walls. In fact the most important Muslim book is not the Quran; it is the book of nature; the creation of Allah, the language of which is spoken by few. People are one small part of nature that play an important role either in finding our place (what is halal) or in creating chaos and destruction to the rhythms and flows by perverting them (what is haram). The in-between is relevant only in the time of equilibrium with nature. Islam is submission to the way things are designed, the ultimate rationality, and the world is created with an elegant and majestic balance, while the human potential is to nurture vibrancy in balance or to upset the balance. In today’s world of ecological collapse, rampant materialism, and wealth consolidation on a massive ecologically devastating scale, it is the halal relationship to the world that we need to re-establish our bearings to interpret anything beyond the strictly rational in religion.  The Islamic scholars relevant to today must be versed in nature as their primary language above and beyond all other languages. Those scholars are all of us who are willing to discover again the grounding and roots of our human reality on this planet.

Muslims in every nook and cranny of the globe out there sweeping, farming or blogging are the faith—the Ummah—and it is they, one by one, who must stand and re-write the rationality and progressive voice of Islam today. Ignore the Fatwas; ignore the noise; ignore even the threats; it is time to get down to basics and re-establish the foundations of civilization that is rooted on the reverence and submission to nature—Islam.

May this month of introspection, meditation, and recalibration of self; right us to the natural systems of “our common home”.

May Muslims all over the earth, one billion strong, emerge as leaders in the revolution of agroecology, stewardship of land, and the movement to localize and become deeply indigenous to whatever place we call home.

May Muslims with technical savvy champion the definitions of appropriate technologies bases on reverence to nature and ecology and precaution toward the same.

May Muslims across the globe reconnect deeply with nature and the living ecology that is here to sustain us all and the billions of creatures from massive to microscopic in the elegant living picture of symmetry and symbiosis which can and is our world.

Alhamdulillah, and may the human side of this praise be expressed from us most directly in our reverence toward nature!

Ramadan (Ramadhan, Ramadaan or Ramzan) Mubaraak!


Brady ~ agroecology for a symbioticfuture

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