I value my ability to eat a nutritious and diverse diet. However, I also value minimizing my environmental impact. Lastly, I don’t have an unlimited budget. Therefore, I value my access to affordable, healthy and environmentally light foods. I value governments and organizations that invest their resources in supporting permaculture agriculture, soil health, biodiversity, and boosting ecosystem services.
Permaculture farming is an awesome solution to a lot of our agricultural problems. By leveraging biodiversity and ecosystem services to support a resilient food-forest, permaculture promotes food production that does not inherently starve the soil, exclude organisms, and leave plants susceptible to disease. The only problem is it can be extremely time and resource intensive to set up permaculture farms. There is a lot of risk in relinquishing control over a farm, and a lot of money is needed to allow for changes to occur in a new permaculture ecosystem. In my vision, permaculture practices are scalable and available to everyone, because systems are in place to support farmers to adopt these practices, and protect them if something goes wrong in the practice. Financial support also always sustainably grown produce to remain affordable.
Education and funding could be made available to support permaculture practices. Government organizations could cover the costs of increasing biodiversity and reintroducing native species. Funds could also be made available to cover the increased costs of harvesting under a more complex growing model, and to cover the years that the farm is not producing food as it is being set up.
Image: I worked on a permaculture in the north of France last fall. We had more veggies than we could eat!