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Claude Genest genest at together.net
Mon Apr 14 13:30:01 EDT 2003



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> From: Claude Genest <genest at together.net>
> Date: Mon Apr 14, 2003  11:35:00 AM US/Eastern
> To: thekid at akido.biz, Maria Coletta <maria at webstormmedia.com>, Scott 
> Newman <Scott.Newman at state.vt.us>
> Cc: Islewitch at aol.com
> Subject: Translated article
>
> La Presse de Montreal, Monday April 14/ 03
> By: Charles Cot?
>
> 			The Chicken that laid the Green Egg
>
> 	There?s a world of difference between the glitz of Hollywood and 
> Rustic Isle LaMotte. A difference more philosophical than physical.
>
> Claude Genest has traveled from one end of the American Dream to the 
> other. Son of Emile, the recently deceased actor, and himself an 
> actor, Claude Genest has spent the last three weeks as a full time 
> politician. He is the Vice-President of the Quebec Green Party and a 
> candidate in Verdun,  where he lives.
>
> 	Quebec Green Party Vice-President Claude Genest is inexhaustible when 
> it comes to speaking out on the vices of the current system of 
> production and the advantages of his vision of an ecological economy 
> based on natural capitalism.
>
> He hosted La Presse on the small farm he inherited from his father, an 
> hour south of Montreal on Isle LaMotte, in Lake Champlain, where he 
> practices what he preaches.
>
> Q: La Presse - How did you come to be elected V.P. of the Green Party ?
>
> A: Claude Genest - At our first Congress, three weeks ago, I spoke up 
> several times and I guess people felt I had a solid handle on the 
> various dossiers. I was nominated for the post and I was voted in.
>
> Q: Where does your environmental consciousness come from ?
>
> A: When I arrived in Vermont five years ago, I knew I didn?t want to 
> waste my time mowing this huge lawn I had inherited ! I found 
> Permaculture over the internet. It?s a system of ecological design 
> that uses Nature?s resources to foster a regenerative agriculture.
>
> Q: for example?
>
> A: For example, currently orchards keep lawn under their fruit trees. 
> But grass is the natural enemy of young fruit trees. Here we?re 
> planting around the trees with plants that attract beneficial insects, 
> repulse pests, and others that fix nitrogen. We want to do like the 
> Native Amerindians did: They grew their corn, beans and squash 
> together - The corn served as a trellis for the beans, the beans 
> fertilize the corn, and the squash kept weeds down and soil moisture 
> in.
>
> I put in a greywater system near the house. All the household water, 
> except that coming from the toilets, is purified by a constructed 
> wetland which then releases the water to nourish a planted out ?berm? 
> - Everytime I brush my teeth I water my garden ! I?m turning a waste 
> into a resource the best way I know of to keep that pollution from 
> reaching the lake.
> I was happy to see that a system just like this one has been approved 
> for use in treating blackwater (toilet water) in Quebec. Here in 
> Vermont, I was only able to put this system in because the age of my 
> house gave me an exemption to current rules.
>
> What worries us permaculturalists is the loss of our soils. So many 
> civilizations declined as a result of soil loss - Greece, North 
> Africa, Israel - these are all man-made deserts. When we lose our 
> soil, we lose our natural capital, but in industrial agriculture, 
> that?s called profit....
>
> Q: Your father, Emile, was, for so many Quebecois, the incarnation of 
> the American Dream. How did he react to your new ideas ?
>
> A:  When I got home after my father?s funeral, I had a bunch of 
> unheard messages on my answering machine. One of them was from dad ! 
> These were literally his last words to me: ? this green party business 
> of yours son... It?s good... I?m proud of you ....?.
> But I certainly had to battle with the old boy for a lot of years 
> before convincing him !
>
> By the way, I got quite a taste of American style health care with my 
> dad in Florida. At one point he had 17 different doctors on his case. 
> They?d come in, take his pulse, and bill the insurance companies. It 
> was crazy ! He and I would laugh at it together. In the entrance of 
> the hospital there was a Mcdonald?s - I took pictures of it.  When a 
> patient was brought in for a heart attack, the nurses would jokingly 
> refer to it as another ?Big Mac Attack?. I guess you could say it was 
> good for business.
>
> Our Green Party platform stresses that Health Care doesn?t begin at 
> the hospital.  It begins in the soil. After all, a dollar of 
> prevention is worth how many of cure ?
>
> Q: What?s wrong with the current economy ?
>
> A: People don?t realize that in the last decade, the chemical 
> companies have merged with seed companies and pharmaceutical 
> companies. And these people have devised the business plan of the 
> century: Sell you the stuff that makes you sick, and then sell you the 
> stuff that makes you well.
>
> The seven deadly sins have become the seven consumer virtues. We?re 
> encouraged to be gluttonous, envious,  lustful, prideful etc.
>
> The entire unsustainable transport system is made possible  because 
> the oil industry is subsidized. If we were to tallly the real costs of 
> gas, we wouldn?t be paying $3.00 dollars at the pump, but more like 
> $25.00. Amory lovins of the Rocky Mountain institute estimates the 
> hidden costs of transport in the U.S.  at nearly a trillion dollars  
> per year !  100 billion in wasted gas and labor productivity from 
> sitting in traffic - medical costs from disease and accidents at 300 
> billion, and another 350 billion for the damage to agriculture from 
> acid rain and emissions. That adds up to about 7.5.% of the Gross 
> Domestic Product. And all these costs are ?externalized? meaning they 
> don?t show up on the balance sheets of the companies who cause them.
>
> 80 % of everything manufactured in North America is thrown away within 
>  6 months. We?ve got to close the loop on the cycles of production. In 
> Burlington for example, a beer manufacturer decided that their wastes 
> could become resources for others. Now, their waste heat is piped into 
> a greenhouse, and their waste materials, barley and hops, becomes 
> substrate for mushroom growing while the spent substrate becomes high 
> quality pork and chicken feed. The waste of the animals becomes 
> methane gas for the production of electricity, and once that is spent, 
> the material becomes compost for the greenhouse. No pollution, more 
> jobs, more profit. I wonder who?s against getting more for less?
>
> Capitalism clearly postulates that  there must be healthy competition. 
> But we?re going in exactly the opposite direction. Today, a mere 1000 
> companies manufacturer 80 % of all goods worldwide, and they employ 
> less than 1 % of the world?s population.
>
> The economy in its present  state can?t be sustained. We need to begin 
> transitioning. It is literally acting like a cancer which by consuming 
> its host, sows the seeds of its own destruction. How is it that at the 
> end of the biggest economic boom in the history of mankind, Quebec 
> finds itself with a 108 billion dollar debt and is incapable of 
> financing basic services like health and education ?
>
> Q: Isn?t all this a bit radical ?
>
> A: Not at all. We are the real conservatives since we aim to conserve. 
>  We?re talking about creating more jobs and more profits by turning 
> wastes into resources, instead of resources into wastes. Let?s stop 
> taxing the goods and services and start taxing bads and disservices. 
> In every debate i?ve been in, people agree with these arguments - they 
> recognize the truth when they hear it.
>
> Q: But overall, industry must be against your approach ?
>
> A: Industry has yet to realize how profitable it would be to change 
> their approach.
>
> Q: You must get called a utopianist
>
> A: I?ve always dreaded being marginalized. But Utopianism is thinking 
> that more of the system causing the problem can be the solution. It?s 
> like realizing your headed for a brick wall at 100 M.P.H., and being 
> told the solution is to accelerate. We?ve been lead to believe that  
> we have to choose between jobs and the environment. But it?s not true. 
> We can have both.
>
> Q: Do you think you?ll ever be elected ?
>
> A: I don?t know if that will ever happen, but it won?t keep me from 
> speaking out. I?ll be running in the next Federal election as well. I 
> don?t care to be a politician, but I do care to see this information 
> promulgated. I?m working to produce a television series  
> ?Regeneration, the Art of Sustainable Living? and it?ll be optimistic 
> because there are so many positive and profitable solutions out there.
>
> After the elections I?ll be speaking at business luncheons and 
> Chambers of Commerce. I?m going to carry this message right into the 
> belly of the beast !
>
> Visit Claude Genest?s web sites:
> www.greenmountainpermaculture.com
>
> www.regenerationshow.com
>
> Best Regards,
> Claude William Genest
>
> www.greenmountainpermaculture.com
> Green Mountain Permaculture: Solutions, Sustenance, Sustainability
>
> "What Permaculturalists are doing is the most important work being 
> done on the planet."
> David Suzuki
>
> "The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a 
> comfortable living from a small piece of land."
> Abraham Lincoln
>
> "Clever men solve problems, wise men avoid them."
>  Albert Einstein
>
> Listen up !  http://www.democracynow.org/
>
>
>
>
>

Best Regards,
Claude William Genest

www.greenmountainpermaculture.com
Green Mountain Permaculture: Solutions, Sustenance, Sustainability

"What Permaculturalists are doing is the most important work being done 
on the planet."
David Suzuki

"The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a 
comfortable living from a small piece of land."
Abraham Lincoln

"Clever men solve problems, wise men avoid them."
  Albert Einstein

Listen up !  http://www.democracynow.org/


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