[permaculture] perennial polyculture from RAND corporation

Keith Johnson keithdj at mindspring.com
Wed Jan 14 14:56:11 EST 2009

Despite the fact that this report was written for the Rand corporation 
it's still well-written, fairly accurate, with good charts / 
illustrations, but with unimaginative conclusions. It even quotes one 
source saying, “humans have produced food from integrated polycultures 
for approximately 98.5% of farming history.” It does, however, fail to 
recognize that it continues to be practiced by many cultures on the 
earth (except by Wes Jackson at the Land Institute) and completely 
ignores permaculture's contribution but draws on material from ATTRA, on 
the one hand, and corporate shills like Bjorn Lomborg on the other. They 
are still betting on grains, bioengineering, and global trade as the 
principal means to make their "polycultures" successful.

Nicholas Roberts wrote:
> just found a very interesting article from RAND corporation - a US military
> industrial research corporation - about perennial polyculture - looks to me,
> that corporate agribusiness will soon in the permaculture business
> you might not be interested in multinational corporations and global
> capitalism, but they are interested in you
> http://www.endgame.org.uk/pdfs/polyculture.pdf

Keith Johnson
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