I believe I can speak with a modicum of knowledge on this subject since, in the 1970s, I followed previous pioneers in applying what we called Sabbatical Fallowing. I, along with many others, discovered spectacular improvements in soil structure, water retention, better winter drainage, plant health and in particular animal health. In those early days, Alan Savoury was also espousing what became known as Regenerative Agriculture.
In subsequent years I have come to see the error in using livestock as a part of the concept. The original idea of Sabbatical Fallowing - clearly outlined in the Old Testament - was to give the land a break every 7 years, no matter what was being produced. Regenerative Agriculture brings livestock into the equation with the presumption that the land is better off having cattle grazing on it compared to the natural biodiversity that was there before farmed livestock were introduced. Alan Savoury was guided by the vast herds of wild animals moving in a regenerative manner through their natural territories and suggested that cattle could replicate this.
However the destruction of existing biodiversity, in order to farm cattle, is an environmentally negative act facilitated through the squandering of falsely cheap energy harvested from antiquity. It is only due to the availability of oil that domesticated animals have become so ubiquitous.
Cheap oil has promoted cheap beef, mutton and milk encouraging huge uptakes to the masses. We are now witnessing this graphical curve falling as oil is threatening to become more scarce and as wild animals and their associated biomass are suffering actual or threatened extinction. Along with this, there is a rapidly growing cognisance of the global warming effects of deforestation and desertification. Finally, veganism is becoming the new normal, with health and longevity closely associated with a meat-free diet causing a reduction in demand for farmed meat and milk.
Regenerative Agriculture may provide a temporary answer to some of the problems mentioned, but our world must be preserved for all time and livestock farming will never guarantee that.
I am tiring of the constant referral of the sanctity of jobs as we come out of our lockdown. While I truly understand and have lived with, the stress of loss of income and the stress of closing a business I feel that we have this moment in time to lift our eyes to a better and more realistic future.
As I view it, wages and salaries are nothing more than an inequitable means of distributing wealth amongst the population. Undoubtedly there may be the right to gain more than your pro-rata share through hard work or a clever idea, but no work or idea is created in a vacuum; they are all dependent on the existing infrastructure and shared facilities, thus your extra share must take this contribution into account.
Present remunerations frequently leave some of our most precious contributors to our health and well being at the bottom of the wage pile and this is patently wrong; just as it is patently wrong that those at the top of the income pile frequently achieve their status by rape and pillage of our environment, our planet’s resources and frequently through paying less than adequate wages.
Now that we know that we are on the cusp of health emergencies, environmental emergencies and economic emergencies, it is surely the moment to review how we are to change the way we are going to deal with these multiple problems; we know that retaining the old ways is going to do nothing but temporarily paper over the ever-threatening cracks.
I seems to me, that constant referral to jobs is evidence of clinging to the old ways. Universal Incomes (UI) is one option that might be explored.
One can expect that if UI was introduced, along with strict discouragement of any activity that causes environmentally damaging extraction of planetary resources, we would be well on the way to alleviate our nation’s long term environmental, economic and health adversities.
If you agree with the above, please share. If you disagree, please stick to generalities; the detail is in the hands of those who are going to take the concepts forward.
The following graphic is in the book Plant Paradigm. It clearly shows how dependent we are on oil to produce much of the food and possibly all the livestock that are being farmed. Everything above the Global Carrying Capacity is grown on extracted energy - oil.
Below is a cartoon I have commissioned to demonstrate the fragile environment we are and in particular the livestock we farm that are despoiling the biosphere and atmosphere.
Much of my cooking is uses what ever is in the fridge to good advantage. However within my arsenal are always jars of Curry Base and Cashew Cream.
I also prefer to steam vegetables to retain as much crispness as I can.
The following recipe can be modified to make a hot curry, just add more paste, or a mildly flavoured dish, just reduce the paste.
I find I can cook this basic stew with so many variations that it becomes a different dish every night.
Chop up a wide selection of vegetables of any kind but cut into slices and sizes so they all cook at the same speed.
Steam these veges for approximately 8 minutes boiling time.
While the veges are cooking, in a large pan lightly saute -
Add water and condiments as required.
Saute using boiling stock
Add as required to steamed vegetables and any other chosen ingredients; use cashew cream to soften any chilli blow.
Store in sealed jars in the fridge, it seems to keep for weeks
Severely blend 200g of cashew nuts, or any other nut you choose but I prefer cashews
After 20 seconds add
Store in a sealed jar in the fridge.