Episode #152: Neofeudal Permaculture

Frank welcomes back regrarian and permaculture designer Darren Doherty. Darren shares his experiences from his current Regrarians world tour, and then describes the precarious economic situation of the commodity farmer and the often degraded state of the world’s agricultural landscapes. The conversation then launches into the complexities of the current land tenure system as Darren explains the neofeudal character of agricultural economies. The interview concludes with some observations about the need to develop a capable labor force to meet the market demand for sustainably produced food. Useful links below:

Heenan Doherty

Everett Rogers (via Wikipedia)

Earl Butz (via Wikipedia)

Fordhall Farm

The Farmer, The Plough, and the Devil

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Episode #152: Neofeudal Permaculture — 2 Comments

  1. Frank,

    Great show with Darren. I just listened to the old ones too and it’s interesting how in post GFC world we were basically prepared for a financial crash. I’m just alluding to Nicole Foss and her research, today the bubble is only bigger. But I digress.

    You both mentioned the need for data gathering and that you were both excited about it. Would you care to share some of those monitoring tools that we as a citizen scientist could use.

    Thanks,

    William

  2. Here are two links related to William’s question:

    https://plus.google.com/communities/103868255027228458248
    http://publiclab.org/

    It’s not a very mature “technology space”. But it’s at the point where all the necessary hardware exists and rather cheap — your average used $100 smartphone on ebay contains more sensing equipment than anyone knows what to do with — and adept programmers and electronics hobbyists (not to mention university lab technicians) have implemented practically every sensing situation using that hardware and made tutorials about how it’s done. But software and packaging for amateurs is rare and may remain that way.

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