Film Inhabit, re: Permaculture, Why We Don’t Need Monsanto IMNSHO

First, this film is not intended to be an attack on Monsanto in particular. That’s just my take.

Home page for the film:

There are a number of excellent points about a holistic look at farming in this film. Farming can produce high yields and increase top soil instead of depleting it. And, in some cases, it may not even need irrigation. This is a really interesting film showing a number of ways permaculture can be practiced in farm country, in the suburbs, and even in cities.

Unfortunately, the film is not free. But, it’s well worth watching. There may be a screening near you, which is how I heard about it and saw it.

You can watch it for $4.99 on either of the sites above. Watch the trailer to see if you think it’s worth it. Or search for a screening near you. Or, you can make a screening near you.

5 Responses to Film Inhabit, re: Permaculture, Why We Don’t Need Monsanto IMNSHO

  1. ECA says:

    WE do not understand HOW this planet works..
    We had men running around the nation, TRYING to clean rivers and MAKE them straight…(mans ideal) IT DONT WORK..
    Logs and Brush in rivers, are place for fish to HIDE AND FEED…
    STRAIGHT RIVERS, DIG into the soil..They RUSH FAST and fish cant live in them very need Curves and eddies.. It cant SIT in a spot and WATER the soil..
    We keep forgetting HOW to farm…Look at the history of the DUST BOWL…
    We would rather RIP out trees, then to use them as wind breaks…

    Iv pointed out, and Many keep stomping on this comment..that the USA ships out over 60% of its main crops..Corn and wheats..
    AND its subsidized.. We ship food to places FOR undercut farmers in those areas.. After a TIME…no more REAL farmers. Ever wonder why there are TONS of people sitting outside LARGE cities in ramshackle houses?? They have FREE FOOD..
    They discovered something, recently…
    A barren area with shrubs, that we USED TO PROTECT from animals…GROWS BETTER/FASTER/MORE when you have herbivores, Eating the seeds and Spreading them from the GUT..Seeds dont digest..And POOP is the best starter fertilizer and moisture.. Goats, sheep, cattle, are NOT BAD..
    growing 2-3 crops in 1..while 1 crop is growing another is below it, and taking protection from the sun, and another is just starting..

    And an interesting stat for anyone that cares…Farmers get about $0.03 per pound…and you pay $1.59 per pound for fruits and veggies..and MOST crops have contracts and are prepaid for to the farmer..

    AND those exports, that are subsidized…YOU PAY FOR THEM even if the crop fails..the corp gets the money..

  2. Most of the things you state about what farming practices should be are points that are made quite well in this film with real examples of people putting the practices to work. I was actually thinking of you when I posted this. I think you’d really like this film.

    As for the politics of farming, it’s just obscene what we do these days. And, the reason they take that $0.03 is to be sure to get anything. It’s all in the commodities markets. The farmers sell contracts to others for all of the food that they produce, however much that may be. If the crop is good, they earn little per pound but have lots of pounds. If the crop is bad, they earn more per pound but for fewer pounds. They’re basically cashing out on their crops before either side even knows how the crop will be. It’s gambling on the part of the commodities exchange traders for a guarantee to the farmer to get something.

    At least that’s my understanding. I haven’t worked in commodities. The trading of them is a zero sum game, pure gambling, like options, futures, swaps, and other derivatives in the securities markets. One side wins; one side loses. No real money is made or created.

  3. ECA says:

    Part of the problem in this country tends to be in our past..
    In the 50-60’s…when Food and products MADE in the USA..the tax rate was Very high for corps. In the 70’s they dropped to about 35%, then LOWER and LOWER…think they are 5% now.
    This is a Corporate tax to the company, NOT the wages. Wages are a TAX write off to the company pay them when you get your check and shouldnt need to PAY them more then 1 time..
    The Corps, have gotten Back doors into this, Over the years, and there are TONS of money not taxed.

    Then is the idea that FARMS could not hold out and make money.. and MANY were sold off to corporations. The idea that a SMALL farm could not exist is strange to me..the thought that SMALL meant SMALL…as there were/are not many small farms.
    The Corps just didnt want to deal with 1000’s of farmers. 1 would be enough.
    Then Corps thinking NOT like farmers. They think about MONEY and how to make more.
    And in the 60-70’s we had TONS of laws against pollution, and corps shipping out of the nation…finding Locations that were SUPPER CHEAP to make things, and Few if any regulations. You might as well get EVERY JAIL/PRISON in the USA to start a manufacturing business..(and yes, Prisons used to MAKE THINGS, in the USA. WE WERE just as bad as China)…
    MANY countries over the years, have SEEN what happens, and started regulating things…UNLESS the corps get into the Gov. in those nations..and WHY you dont see things made in the same places as in the Past..
    HAS to pollution gone away? NOPE..they just renamed it..CARBON. CAPTURE carbon, get paid for it, and we can make more things with PLASTIC..We can have MORE cars..
    Its interesting, that PEOPLE(not the corps creating the problems) get paid for having trees to capture Carbon. You can LIVE int he USA and get paid for trees in Taiwan..Funny..
    And Bamboo is neat..

    Back to the farmers.
    Farmers can do very well…But its like medical services. HOW many hands are involved before you GET it…Old Medicare was 5 layers deep.
    And you Cant(not always) get direct from the farm food..
    It gets harvested, Processed, Ship to packaging..Shipped again, REPACKAGED, labeled, Shipped to Distribution centers, Then Shipped to stores…That is the minimum Handling. And we are paying for over 2000 miles of shipping charges and State transport taxes.. Then the Markup at the store, at 2x-3x..
    In the NW States there are 4 companies that do the First processing and send out to ALL the rest of the companies for REPROCESSING and repackage..

  4. ECA says:

    The other funny things, is the Packages…
    Loose 4-6 oz of the veggies, and you can throw it in the Microwave?? and PAY more for it..

    Grading..There are product Grades. What a product Looks like.
    From strange looking Veggies, to PERFECT looking..about 4 of them(I think).
    When they harvest them, the framer gets paid 1 specific price.. LIKE BEEF/PORK/CHICKEN…You Buy it on the Hoof, at SITE for what you see…by the time its processed.??? You pay MORE for fancy looking food. You pay MORE for certain TYPES of meat.. Even tho they Paid a Specific price for the product…You will NEVER pay the farmers price. Each time someone handles it, DOUBLE/TRIPLE the price…
    SMALL stores have Direct processing, Many times. They can have a REAL BUTCHER that goes out and Picks what he wants and What to sell. Or Go to a REAL BUTCHER…

    But understand that in a BIG Corp, they might take 30 seconds to Fully process a Chicken, and 3-5 min to Fully process a COW…and a REAL Butcher, will take longer…and cost abit more..BUT YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR MEAT CAME FROM…

  5. Just to play devils advocate, even though I agree with your post, when I go to a farmers’ market, I don’t find the prices dramatically cheaper. The differences are:

    1. The farmer keeps more of the money.

    2. The food is grown closer to the market, so less fuel has been burned in the delivery (hopefully).

    3. You can ask the person who actually grew the food about their practices.

    There may be other differences as well. The farmers’ markets around me usually do not have much in the way of organically grown food. So, that’s always a dilemma for me, having to choose local or organic. Friends who live in Seattle see most of the food in their farmers’ markets being organic.

    I generally choose organic when and where I can. I think it’s important to put fewer toxic chemicals on the earth.

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