I spoke at the last PechaKucha event. It is an amazing opportunity to get your message across. You have to present 20 slides, each of them in 20 seconds. Below is the slide presentation with my comments below each slide.
Just like starvation, obesity is a form of malnutrition. South Africa is now the third most obese country in the world. Deficiencies in the soil are expressed as deficiencies in the plant which manifest as disease in the plant or in the animal or human eating that plant. Healthy soil equals healthy plants equals healthy animals equals healthy humans.
We are all farmers by proxy. Each one of us eats at least three times a day. With our fork we decide what agricultural system we support. My aim during this talk is to show you different agricultural systems. Agriculture uses over 70% of the world’s fresh water and is the greatest contributor to greenhouse gases.
There are basically two types of agriculture. Destructive or regenerative. Here we are laying the irrigation pipes into land that was destructively farmed. Over 85% of the world’s food is produced using destructive chemical agricultural methods.
This is the same pasture 19 months later. This has been achieved with high density grazing of cattle and the Biodynamic 500 Field Spray.
In addition to the methods described above organic and biodynamic farmers use compost to fertilise their soils. Composting is a process where various forms of waste are combined and then break down to form a nutrient rich, stable substance which is excellent plant food. In picture is the composting operation of Spier Wines where their grape waste is being composted which will then be returned to the vineyard as food for the vines.
Conventional farmers use artificial fertilisers. These are salt fertilisers that not only consume huge amounts of energy to produce they also make the plant very thirsty. In addition to damaging the soil microbes.
Not only are chemical fertilisers used to “feed” plants they are also very good explosives. This is the bombing of the Norwegian Prime Minister’s office in July 2011 achieved with 6 tons of artificial fertiliser.
There are more soil microbes in a handful of healthy soil than there are humans on earth. Chemical fertilisers kill most of these microbes. Compost and the Biodynamic field and compost preparations multiply these microbes and most importantly keep them in balance.
This is the way 98% of the eggs in this country are produced. The birds are debeaked because of cannibalism and kept confined in cages up to 5 stories high. Lights come on and off every 8 hours to stimulate laying.
Alternatively you can buy our eggs which come from hens that overnight and lay in these Eggmobiles. For the rest of the day they are free to range over the pastures where they please.
This is grain fed beef. 99% of the beef sold in this country comes out of a feedlot. Animals stand in their own excrement, are fed foods they are not designed to eat, are given growth hormones as standard practice and accordingly have to have routine antibiotics.
Below is the list of what is fed to cattle in a feedlot.
Distillers wet grain
These are our cows grazing grasses and legumes that they were designed to eat. This animal is a herbivore, not a chickenshitivore.
High density grazing in action. Here are our oxen moving into the new pasture. The area to the right has been heavily grazed and manured upon over the past few hours. In about 6 weeks time it will look like the pasture to the left.
This is the inside of the typical broiler chicken house. 98% of the chicken in this country is produced in this way where there are 23 chickens per square metre. Also fed GMO grains, same species meat as well as routine antibiotics.
In comparison our chickens live in these houses that are moved to fresh pasture every day. We have a stocking density of just under 7 per square metre. In the foreground, in brown, is the chicken manure from the previous 24 hours.
This chicken manure makes the grasses grow really well. In this photo you can see a dark green strip which is where the chickens have grazed and to the left where they have yet to graze. Of further significance in this photo is that in the background on the right is the house where the baby chickens are raised for the first three weeks and back left is the abattoir where they will be slaughtered.
Plantain on left has grown where chickens have grazed I.e. chicken manure fertiliser. The plantain
on the right has not had that benefit. This is how we make the grass grow for the cattle and lambs.
Respect for the animals and the process is encapsulated by this Kahlil Gibran quote at the entrance to the abattoir. We have complete control over the integrity of our product.