Just the existence of the Russian Permaculture Gardening Movement is proof that the answer is a resounding “No!!”
Statistics show that over 70% of food is produced in Russia using under 5% of the arable land. Remember that farming actively is reduced to about 3 months of the year. This land by the way is considered marginal too. This produce is then sold locally at community markets.
Modern conventional farming in Russia predominates the land usage with up to 90% of available land being farmed in this manner producing obviously less than 30% of the food.
We recently had the pleasure to listen to Leonid Sharashkin, M.S.E.S., A.B.D., editor of the Ringing Cedars series of books. Sharashkin has translated from Russian the writings of Vladimir Megre into English as he was so moved by what Megre wrote. In fact he has dedicated his life to making the writings available to the world. The books have already sparked a massive back-to- the-Earth movement in Russia and beyond. Megre presents recently re-discovered knowledge to establish a flow of nourishment between humans and the plant world and the underlying physical and metaphysical mechanisms.
Both ancient teachings and the present-day science see close interaction with plants as a prerequisite for bodily health and spiritual well-being. However, the practical understanding of the ways to establish a flow has been all but forgotten.
The presentation we heard had a PRACTICAL focus: what are the everyday practical ways to establish and maintain our connection to Nature, for mutual benefit? Drawing on The Ringing Cedars books and many other sources, he discussed
- how human mind and body influence plant growth,
- how plants influence our mind and body,
- how to give plants the information they need to grow food custom-made to suit the needs of your body and spirit, and;
- how the world can feed itself without any government subsidies, oil-dependent heavy machinery, pesticides or genetically modified plants.