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EdenThistle Overview

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Disclaimers
Not a purist lecture
I eat Chick-fil-A
No Vilifying (for today)
I
Technology
2. EXCEED capacity = Pour in Extras
3.
Stewards
vs.
Miners
1. '
Things
' have certain
BEARING CAPACITIES
(typically produces
NEGATIVE EFFECTS
)
Lessons from the Flower
Basics:
Farming in a Flower Pot
NATURE'S PRODUCTION MODEL
animals
inputs
BEEF
product
cows
pigs
Quail
Layer Hens
Pasture
Rest
Delivered.
Shop.
Click.
My Story
Hope for the Future
Sustainable Systems

A sustainable system is a system that creates as much (or more) energy as it takes to operate - Bill Mollison
Meat Production Sustainability
Allan Savory - Animal Bless the Soil
Polyface farms
Texas Ranching Example
Grain Production Sustainability
Drug Free Meat
Selling competitively on the market
Ethically raising animals
Building Soil
Not using synthetic ferts., pesticides, herb... etc.
Hormone Free
Livestock and Grain Farming
- developing polyculture crop models
- developing perennial grains
The Land Institute
Where to Go?
1. Connect through learning

2. Connect through participating

Learn
Consulting the Genius of the Place
- Jackson
Dominion
- Skully
Scripture Culture Agriculture
- Davis
Environmental Law in Deuteronomy
- Richter
Allan Savory TED Talk
Carbon Cowboys
Fresh
Listen
Read
Watch
Tim Keller - Can Faith Be Green
1 Cow = 50 lbs. of manure / day
Antibiotics
Pour in Extras
Inputs
- what the land has to offer
- some grains for specific animals
- no drugs
- no pesticides
- no antibiotics

Outputs
- land is actually getting more fertile
- healthy animals
- ethically sound
- healthy meat
- healthy environment

Butchering
The life of a pig
Manure Lagoons
Beaks and Toes
Waterways
Efficiency & Mad Cow Disease
Antibiotics and Hormones
Chemicals and grain
Grain and Topsoil
Sustainable
Farming
=
Hipster
Tom-foolery
Manure Lagoon:

Earthen pits filled with millions of gallons of urine and excrement, stretching at the larger farms two or three times the length of a football field, and collecting yearly at least five times the waste of the state's (NC) population...
Hormones
Insecticides
parasiticides
pesticides
manure lagoons
synthetic fertilizers
Negative Results
accelerated bacterial resistance
exploitation of land
exploitation of animals
chemical traceability in food
Poisoned waterways
drug traceability in food
ethically questionable practices
depletion of soil fertility
loss of topsoil
So is there another way?
(that's realistic?)
NATURE'S PRODUCTION MODEL
animals
inputs
BEEF
product
Antibiotics?
Pesticides and Herbicides?
Paraciticides?
Fertilizers?
That's cute... but can it be replicated at scale?
Herd Size:
Effect of land Productivity:
Herd Size:
Pasture Sizes:
Set up time:
# of operators:
1000 cows
1/4 acre
18 minutes
1 man
25,000 sheep
50% increase
(in the first year)
Inputs Causing Change:
livestock
So what's this mean for us?
A web of solution participants
Starting small & Voting with your Mouth
Reference Point in "OUR Story"
"Agricultural economic historians have identified the period between the American Civil War and the onset of World War I as the longest period of overall agricultural prosperity in American history even though it was a time of almost continuous deflation" - Allan Nation
"By focusing on the soil, American farmers began to make money even though their average yields per acre in 1914 were 1/3 of Germany's." - Allan Nation
TIME
Land Availability
Farming Prosperity
Civil War
WW1
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