Miscellaneous ideas

Our farming philosophies explained

I was put in touch with these guys recently and if you click on those highlighted words (especially scroll down to the photos with their subtitles) you will get an erudite explanation of what the philosophical underpinning is to our grazing methodology.

To understand what underlies how we farm in harmony with nature in the genuine sense of holism then you need to click on these words by Nicolas Joly and these by Monty Waldin. They are the most eloquent proselytisers for the BioDynamic movement.

Blogs to follow soon on eggs, pigs and the poison/carcinogen/descaler Glyphosate.


6 September 2016

This plant is the answer to many of our problems

There is a plant can be harnessed to address many of the problems we face in this country. Nutrition, employment and environmental damage for starters. It can be used to make rope, clothes, food, paper, textiles, plastics, insulation, building materials and biofuel.

This plant is called hemp and it is banned from being grown in this country. Our Ministry of Health decided that because it is in the cannabis family, it will make you hallucinate or have psychoactivity. This is despite the fact that you can smoke hemp all day long without the slightest bit of hallucination. Great discomfort by 5pm, but no hallucinations. This lack of hallucinations is because the active ingredient in hemp, CBD, suppresses the active ingredient in cannabis, THC. THC is what causes the hallucinations.

We are a malnourished country. Obesity, starvation and infertility are all forms of malnutrition. We are the third most obese nation on earth. Malnutrition starts in the soil. In a previous column I have elaborated on how our government ensures that we are a malnourished nation, by allowing the farm poison Glyphosate, which chelates our soils and bodies of micronutrients, to be used in the production of all our staple foods. Glyphosate was patented in 1964 as a descaling agent so our soils and bodies are being descaled of micronutrients.

Hemp, unlike wheat, maize, soya and cotton, is not grown with Glyphosate. That automatically means that it is more nutritious than any of the aforementioned plants. The most nutritious part of the plant is the seed. I could fill this whole column with the health benefits of hemp seeds so for brevity they a) have the correct balance of fatty acids, b) contain all 9 known essential amino acids, c) are 25% protein and d) go and buy some and feel for yourself what they do to your body whilst you eat them.

As the world industrialises and urbanises, to the cheerleading of reductionist academia and media, so most rural people move from livelihoods to deadlihoods. Employment in producing food that nourishes gives dignity to these people who have become marginalised by this so called progressive system, also known as capitalism. Hemp offers an opportunity for redemption. It is the one crop that can be grown without using pesticides and herbicides because it is not eaten by any pests and it grows so quickly that it crowds out all competition hence no need for herbicides. It does need to be fed as it is not a legume, a plant that sequesters it’s own Nitrogen, but for organic farmers making compost is easy. Hemp would be the ideal plant to grow, both for all small scale and large scale farmers who, as a rule, are under severe pressure from all sides. Imagine the industries that could be spawned from a plant that can be used for rope, clothes, food, paper, textiles, plastics, insulation and biofuel.

The Chinese army, the biggest in the world, now uses hemp exclusively for their socks, underwear and t-shirts. Because it yields 4 times the yield of cotton from the same piece of land and the clothing has antibacterial properties. Cotton is a big problem. 4% of the world’s agricultural land is used to produce cotton but it uses 24% of the world’s agricultural chemicals. Pesticides, herbicides etc. All of these ‘cides are not on the side of the farmer or the consumer. They are on the side of the agricultural chemical companies.

Continued petitions to the Minister of Health to unlock the potential of this wonder plant is the best course of action for us.


27 July 2016

Food insecurity is going to get worse and government’s hatred of farmers. Land claims etc etc.


Our government hates farmers. It matters not if you are a black or white farmer, not a single policy from government is in place to help farmers which means that food prices will continue to go up and at some stage this will cause a lot of unrest in the country. Neither the ANC nor the DA nor the EFF are aware of this and their utterances on the matter show that none of them have a plan to reverse the situation.


Before we get into the various man made headwinds that farmers face, lets focus for a moment on the countrywide drought. We are in a very serious drought. Less than half the normal maize crop has been planted. This has already caused food prices to go up by 9% as we have, in our stupidity, made our diet maize dependent. In a previous column I have elaborated on the ubiquity of maize in our diet. Very soon the effect of having no grazing will be felt in meat prices going up substantially. It takes years for things to normalize after a drought as serious as this one.


Of all the headwinds farmers face, only the treatment from national chain retailers, is more serious than the debacle around land claims.


The land claims policy has been a total failure. Not a single farm that is now managed by the claimants is successful. It bears repeating. Not a single farm that was subject to land claim is successful. Not only does this land not produce food for the country it has all become economically sterile. South Africa’s biggest pecan nut farm no longer produces a single pecan nut.


This is of course not important to our politicians. All that matters is that the white farmer loses land. Robert Mugabe is a hero to the majority of South Africans for the simple reason that he got rid of white people, in particular farmers. The fact that this action of his has totally destroyed his country is entirely irrelevant. What matters is that the white man does not own land anymore. Zimbabwe has gone from being the bread basket of Africa to having to rely on food aid to feed it’s people. Not only is our government determined to copy Mugabe, the EFF is vocal in it’s support of Mugabe whereas the DA is petrified of being called racist for criticizing Mugabe.


The hot air around land is exactly that. The government is the biggest landowner and considering it is a black government, how can this be problematic? In addition the tribal chiefs, who are also black, are the second biggest landowners. For example, they own 40% of the land in KZN which could be used to grow food for the people but instead they ruin it through overgrazing. Finally only 20% of farms are free of debt so the banks would be delighted if the government kept buying farms.


However the government has no intention of doing this as they are pushing through the Expropriation Bill which will give them the power to take land (and your business, shares, mining rights and patents) without paying you compensation.


Farm murders. 4,000 farmers and their wives have been murdered on their farms since the new government took over in 1994. There is no outcry as the subliminal message is that they deserved it. Imagine 4,000 plumbers were murdered since 1994. No one would be mute on this. Remember once the farmer is murdered his land becomes economically sterile as his farm workers become unemployed and there is no one to reinvest in the farm or manage it. My first farming mentor was kicked off his farms in Zimbabwe. He has managed to start afresh but the 350 families that he employed have not been able to.


10 May 2016

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