Transforming Agriculture, Perennially

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Transforming human life on our home planet, perennially

Author: Wes Jackson, Aubrey Streit Krug, Bill Vitek, and Robert Jensen

Publication: Ecological Citizen

The development of agriculture is one of the key fault lines in human history, the starting
point for the human project of dominating the planet. As the catastrophic consequences
of that domination become undeniable, an ecospheric framework that recognizes the
problem of agriculture should be at the centre of an analysis and critique of the ecological
and social failures of the industrial worldview that shapes today’s world. Ecosphere
Studies, a new education programme being developed out of the perennial vision of The
Land Institute, offers such a framework. By ‘driving knowledge out of its categories’ and
adopting an ‘ignorance-based worldview’, scholars, teachers and activists can collaborate
in experimental and experiential workshops that aim to create a perennial culture,
challenging the short-term, unsustainable vision of the dominant culture, especially in
affluent societies such as the US.


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