PHILOSOPHY & MANIFESTO
Scientists warn us this industrialised planet is heading towards ecological breakdown. But we believe, by joining the global conversation and crowd-sourcing solutions, it’s possible to turn things around.
VOTE WITH YOUR FORK
Our food choice can be the catalyst for change. By insisting on local, seasonal, organic food we put pressure on industrial food producers, and create support for local farmers. Swap supermarkets for farmers’ markets and support community farm projects. We opt for local traditional gastronomy and support our region’s artisan producers.
KEEP THE ENVIRONMENT HEALTHY
Western civilisation is organised around the maximum economic growth, but as we are heading towards ecological bankruptcy, it’s time for a rethink. We consider growth more holistically, and look to move to an economy nested in society, and society nested in the environment.
REPLACE MONOCULTURE WITH POLYCULTURE
Natural polyculture farm systems regenerate and benefit ecosystems; unlike chemical-heavy monoculture they are also more productive in the long term. So join us in calling on governments to stop the subsidy of the self-serving Big Food system and channel those funds instead into agro-ecology research and grants helping people switch to more sustainable forms of farming.
PUT THE CULTURE BACK INTO AGRICULTURE
Farming isn’t seen as a noble profession despite being the single most important one. Let’s make working the land and producing great food aspirational again, and recognise the creative process of sustainable agriculture as a form of art.
MAKE WHEAT NOT WAR!
We need land reforms in favour of young farmers. And farm service instead of military service.
WORK THE WILDERNESS
Wild lands and species are disappearing fast, but preserving biodiversity is essential to our survival. Encourage re-wilding projects, and make it easier for people to get immediate value from wild places by using them in carefully managed traditional and sustainable ways.
GET BACK TO THE LAND
Polyculture farms with their complex interwoven production cycles need more manpower than industrial farms. They offer opportunities for people to reconnect with the land in a productive way. As societies become increasingly urban they get sicker; alienated from nature, people are showing unprecedented levels of mental health problems. We believe sabbaticals spent working on farms, along with internships, volunteering, and agriculture training should be the norm, giving positive benefits for the participants, for small farmers, and for all of us.
REJOIN THE GREAT BIG COMMUNITY
For four billion years, life on earth has evolved into a complex web of relationships with us humans in a special role as stewards and custodians. Ignoring and plundering the rest of the natural community isn’t going to work long term; we have a responsibility to maintain the delicate balance.
A BASIC YET POWERFUL SOLUTION
Climate, energy, biodiversity, community, politics, happiness, and the preservation of the ecosystems that support us are all intrinsically linked to the most basic and powerful energy transaction on the planet: billions of people putting calories into their bodies every day.
If you eat, you are part of the food production chain – a ‘farmer by proxy’ as EO Wilson says. We are all involved in these issues and our generation is better informed than any before us. So let’s disrupt the failing big food system and opt for cooperation over competition and quality over quantity.
We are indebted to many writers and thought leaders whose work has shaped and continues to inspire our project. Among them:
Aldo Leopold, Wendell Berry, Michael Pollan, Vandana Shiva, David Orr, E.O. Wilson, Joel Salatin, Geoff Lawton, Bill Mollison, Darren Doherty, Eugenio Gras, David Montgomery, Wangari Maathai, Jairo Restrepo, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Richard Heinberg, Wes Jackson, Albert Einstein, JH Kunstler, Carlo Petrini, Rachel Carson, Maria Rodale, Sir Albert Howard, Charles Darwin, Wade Davis, Rob Hopkins, Lester Brown, Rudolf Steiner, Noam Chomsky, Raj Patel, Miguel Altieri, Jared Diamond, Carl Sagan, Anna Lappe, Vladimir Nabokov, Bill Evans.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”