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Lincoln Smith: "Permaculture / Restoration Agriculture"

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Lincoln Smith: "Permaculture / Restoration Agriculture"

  1. 1. L I N C O L N S M I T H FOREST AGRICULTURE
  2. 2. TEMPERATE FOREST
  3. 3. FOREST AGRICULTURE Agroforestry ● Food Forest ● Forest Garden
  4. 4. FORESTED - BOWIE, MD
  5. 5. FORESTED - BOWIE, MD
  6. 6. FORESTED - BOWIE, MD
  7. 7. FORESTED - BOWIE, MD
  8. 8. SOILS AND COMPOST
  9. 9. RED CLOVER AND PARTRIDGE PEA
  10. 10. Already Here: CALLERY (“BRADFORD”) PEAR
  11. 11. CALLERY PEAR FRUIT
  12. 12. Already Here: AMERICAN PERSIMMON Improved Variety: ‘WONDERFUL’ AMERICAN PERSIMMON Related Plant: KAKI PERSIMMON
  13. 13. PLUM (UNDER OAK)
  14. 14. PAWPAW
  15. 15. MAYPOPS
  16. 16. MULBERRY
  17. 17. CLOVE CURRANT
  18. 18. SHIITAKES
  19. 19. OYSTER MUSHROOMS
  20. 20. AGRICULTURE
  21. 21. ACORNSACORNS
  22. 22. ACORN FLOUR MAKING
  23. 23. ACORN FOODS
  24. 24. WILDLIFE AT FORESTED
  25. 25. BLUE-WINGED WASP SCOLIA DUBIA JAPANESE BEETLE PREDATOR
  26. 26. www.forested.us

Editor's Notes

  • Many people subscribe to the idea that there is no way to successfully combine ecosystem function and production for human needs. The Economist, in its special report on feeding the world from early 2011, quickly dismisses concerns about the ecosystem impact of people’s land use. The solution the article proposes for feeding the world in the future is to continue developing the yields of our existing staple crops.

    The strange thing about this position is that the Economist notes that the growth of yields has been slowing down. But they are counting on human ingenuity and the promise of genetic engineering to push the pace of yield growth back up again.

    My question is: what if we applied human ingenuity to the problem of feeding the world together with the problem of sustaining the world’s ecosystems? I am not calling a halt to development of our traditional crops, I am recommending that we not invest all our energy into systems that seriously impair global ecological function.

    In order to inform the discussion of people designing systems to restore ecosystem function, it is worth getting our minds around the size of human impact on ecosystems at this point in history….

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