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Originally posted by stanguilles7
Originally posted by jude11
Even if it worked out to 1 acre per person that we planted....That's a small scale project that many (not all) could attempt and actually carry out.
No matter where you live, plant a few native plants every year. Especially ones that produce food or medicine for people. Learning proper location, etc, is important, but just getting started is the most important.
Study the land. Observe the cycles. Get in touch with native nurseries in your area. Find out what they recommend to plant. A small investment of eve just $20 a year and some of your time can begin to pay off quite quickly.
There is a lot of evidence that the entire Amazon Rainforest is actually a large, distended food forest from peoples now amost entirely decimated. Humans CAN tend the earth for the better.edit on 1-5-2012 by stanguilles7 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Ek Bharatiya
Heard this story today for the first time and did some search. This is the picture of the man
He's such an unassuming guy, but he's made such a massive difference to the area he lives in. The article has some truth in it when it says "Had he been in any other country, he would have been made a hero."
We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough. Helen Keller Read more at www.brainyquote.com...
i used to wish for lots of things but wishing never did anything but bring me down and frustrate me - the things that lifted me up was to see what i had accomplished at the end of a day -
Originally posted by Wheelindiehl
reply to post by jude11
I have been contemplating growing a bamboo forest in my back yard...it is almost an acre and about 75% wooded but I can see the warehouses on the road behind me and I really need to block those out and also their parking lots drain into my back yard when it rains or the snow melts so I thought that would help soak up some of that water...regardless, bravo to this man, I wish I had a jungle/ecosystem that I said I grew and say I had supplied a home for hundreds or hundreds of thousands of creatures.
Originally posted by henryleo
reply to post by stanguilles7
Could you please post some links to info about the Amazon being a former food forest!
I am extremely intrigued! and I am sure others here would love to read about it as well
Off to google about this
. New evidence of both the extent of the population and its agricultural advancement leads to a remarkable conjecture: the Amazon rain forest may be largely a human artifact...
Planting their orchards, the first Amazonians transformed large swaths of the river basin into something more pleasing to human beings. In a widely cited article from 1989, William Balée, the Tulane anthropologist, cautiously estimated that about 12 percent of the nonflooded Amazon forest was of anthropogenic origin—directly or indirectly created by human beings. In some circles this is now seen as a conservative position. "I basically think it's all human-created," Clement told me in Brazil. He argues that Indians changed the assortment and density of species throughout the region. So does Clark Erickson, the University of Pennsylvania archaeologist, who told me in Bolivia that the lowland tropical forests of South America are among the finest works of art on the planet. "Some of my colleagues would say that's pretty radical," he said, smiling mischievously. According to Peter Stahl, an anthropologist at the State University of New York at Binghamton, "lots" of botanists believe that "what the eco-imagery would like to picture as a pristine, untouched Urwelt [primeval world] in fact has been managed by people for millennia." The phrase "built environment," Erickson says, "applies to most, if not all, Neotropical landscapes."
"Landscape" in this case is meant exactly—Amazonian Indians literally created the ground beneath their feet. According to William I. Woods, a soil geographer at Southern Illinois University, ecologists' claims about terrible Amazonian land were based on very little data. In the late 1990s Woods and others began careful measurements in the lower Amazon. They indeed found lots of inhospitable terrain. But they also discovered swaths of terra preta—rich, fertile "black earth" that anthropologists increasingly believe was created by human beings.