Wes Jackson, “”The Necessity and Possibility of an Agriculture where Nature is the Measure”, Colorado College, 2005/04/27

Agriculture has become so industrial, that modern society has almost forgotten that plants grow naturally.

In 2005, Wes Jackson was named by the Smithsonian Institution as one of 35 people who made a difference.

Farming, in Jackson’s view, is humanity’s original sin. This fall from grace occurred around 10,000 years ago, when people first started gathering and planting the seeds of annual grasses, such as wild wheat and barley. “That was probably the first moment when we began to erode the ecological capital of the soil,” he says. “It’s when humans first started withdrawing the earth’s nonrenewable resources.” As he sees it, fossil-fuel dependency, environmental pollution, overpopulation and global warming are all extensions of the path humans took when they first started tilling the soil. “It wasn’t intentional. It didn’t require a chamber of commerce or the devil to make us do it—we just did it.”

35 Who Made a Difference: Wes Jackson | People & Places | Smithsonian Magazine

This 2005 lecture at Colorado College provokes thoughts.

MP3 audio

Advertisements
About

David Ing blogs at coevolving.com , photoblogs at daviding.com , and microblogs at http://ingbrief.wordpress.com . See .

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Talk Audio Download

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Beyond this media queue
This content is syndicated to Twitter. For professional perspectives, look to Coevolving Innovations; for a photoblog, look to Reflections, Distractions.
  • Kubuntu 17.10 LaTeX textgreek.sty
    Under Ubuntu 16.04, building a PDF under TeXstudio worked.  Under Kubuntu 17.10 (with pdfTeX 3.14159265-2.6-1.40.18 (TeX Live 2017/Debian)), running the same input files resulted in: ! LaTeX Error: File `textgreek.sty' not found. These seemed like an error with reported in Feb. 2015, as “texlive-latex-extra: missing dependency – textgreek.sty requires l […]
  • 2017/11/07 10:15 Donna Dillenberger, “Cognitive Blockchain”, Cascon
    Plenary #cascon @DonnaExplorer IBM Fellow, IBM Research, Global leader of Enterprise Systems This digest was created in real-time during the meeting,based on the speaker’s presentation(s) and comments from the audience. The content should not be viewed as an official transcript of the meeting, but only as an interpretation by a single individual. Lapses, gra […]
  • 2017/10/25 09:30 Michael Mehaffy, “Horizons of Pattern Languages: Software, Cities, Planet”, PLoP
    Plenary @michaelwmehaffy Pattern Languages of Program PLoP2017 This digest was created in real-time during the meeting,based on the speaker’s presentation(s) and comments from the audience. The content should not be viewed as an official transcript of the meeting, but only as an interpretation by a single individual. Lapses, grammatical errors, and typing mi […]
  • 2017/10/21 08:35 Yodan Rofe, “The issue of ‘feeling’ as a criterion for choosing between different patterns or configurations (social and spatial)”, Purplsoc
    Plenary by Yodan Rofe #purplsoc Pursuit of Pattern Languages for Societal Change http://www.purplsoc.org/conference2017/ At Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley This digest was created in real-time during the meeting,based on the speaker’s presentation(s) and comments from the audience. The content should not be viewed as an official […]
  • 2017/10/20 18:05 Christian Kohls, “Patterns for Creative Space”, Purplsoc
    Plenary @chrisimweb #purplsoc Pursuit of Pattern Languages for Societal Change http://www.purplsoc.org/conference2017/ This digest was created in real-time during the meeting,based on the speaker’s presentation(s) and comments from the audience. The content should not be viewed as an official transcript of the meeting, but only as an interpretation by a sing […]
  • 2017/10/20 08:40 Nick Seemann, “Pattern languages in community building projects”, Purplsoc
    Plenary @nickseemann #purplsoc Pursuit of Pattern Languages for Societal Change http://www.purplsoc.org/conference2017/ This digest was created in real-time during the meeting,based on the speaker’s presentation(s) and comments from the audience. The content should not be viewed as an official transcript of the meeting, but only as an interpretation by a sin […]
Contact
I welcome your e-mail. If you don't have my address, here's a contact page.
%d bloggers like this: