How To: Land Based Community Action
This is a call for environmental and animal activists to unite,
forming resilient land based communities based on forestry and
vegan-organic techniques for self sufficiency. Together, vegans
and eco-protectors can expose the damage and misery brought about
by the insatiable consumption of domestic animals, spurred on
by the European CAP subsidies which only benefit mono-culture
and factory farmers - the least deserving spongers of all time.
Whilst 38% of world grain is fed to domestic animals, a billion
people starve. "Third world" countries are forced into exporting
grains (which feed European stock) in order to repay murderous
debts. Profiting are the chemical giants, and, on the commodity
markets, transnationals plunder and export third world resources
which has fatally stopped any attempts at food security, leaving
millions to the mercy of western aid. Peasants have no choice
but to farm marginal lands, destroying environmentally sensitive
habitats. Vegan-organic growing, and not globalised trade, offers
third world people a viable option for reliance.
Domestic animals now outweigh humankind The second population
explosion pushes the inevitable environmental collapse closer.
Halting the breeding of these poor freaks of nature - the creatures
who are at the mercy of scientific manipulation - would return
the essential nutrients in their bodies to the soil. These minerals
will then be held by trees and plants, reversing global warming
and the encroaching deserts, as the forests regrow. Similar arguments
stand for taking fossil fuel carbon out of the atmosphere and
returning it to the soil. Whatever way you look at it - replanting
trees is the future. Livestock is the biggest culprit when it
comes to unsustainable tree felling. If British uplands were relieved
of their dreary and unstable heather monoculture, the diverse
broadleaf forests could be regenerated since trees will grow in
the poorest of soils. In the new forests the noble wolf could
be reintroduced without persecution, as there would be no livestock
Animals convert their feed to food inefficiently at 10:1. It's
crucial for us to move down the food chain and eat plants at source,
where less land is used, less energy expended and less waste produced.
In Britain 90% of land is used to feed livestock, yet veganism
equals self sufficiency - with no need to import 70% of food,
reducing polluting freight and the exploitation of poorer countries.
Local food for local people will loosen the supermarkets tight
After fifty years of chemical abuse, a big hurdle for the low
impact dwellers is restoring organic matter to the Soil. Those
traditional organic growers who advocate the use of Blood, Fish
and Bone Meal or manures from the factory farming victims ignore
a basic ecological fact - plants alone are producers of food,
energy and of humus. Livestock destroy the greatest part of food
energy by digestion, metabolism and other life processes. Domestic
animals poison rivers, belch methane and render soil inert. Fertilizing'
crops organically by animal residues takes up to 4 times as much
land as by vegan-organic methods.
When reversing planetary annihilation here are a few top
1. From the site, add as much organic matter as is possible.
The fertility of the annual crops can be maintained:
- using composted materials from land of the equivalent size
- crop residues, veg peelings, mown pastures (hay), forest detritus,
leaf mould, ramial chipped wood, wild flowers (nettles are rich
in iron, copper and calcium, foxgloves in magnesium, fat hen
in boron, rosebay willow herb in cobalt). Don't spread uncomposted
plant materials as that is asking for pest, disease or fungal
- using leguminous, nitrogen-fixing green manures e.g. Lucerne
before vegetable planting;
- using bi-cropping techniques e.g. growing a nitrogen fixing
clover sward underneath cabbages;
- using liquid feeds made from comfrey;
- peat and calcified seaweed are not recommended, because like
animal residues they depend on natural resources that will soon
2. There is no reason why human urine and composted faeces should
not be used. An important nutrient cycle is broken when they're
flushed down the kazi and out to sea. Within one year one person
can shit enough nitrogen to maintain 800lb of wheat.
3. Surrounding the annual vegetable crop patch with edible perennial
shrubs and trees checks erosion and nutrient leaching. Fast growing
coppiced alder trees; lined up with vegetable rows have proved
invaluable as a windbreak and are nitrogen fixing.
4. Soil can never be left bare to the mercy of the elements,
and should be mulched. Cardboard boxes are a good barrier mulch
against weeds, although weed paths can provide invaluable predator
5. Vegan-organic systems set out to create a rich diverse agro-ecosystem,
by growing as many different crops as possible. Annual crops are
rotated to aid fertility and prevent disease.
6. Don't spray or introduce voracious insect predators: whilst
initial crops may be lost, the most sustainable option is creating
the habitat for beetles, frogs and hedgehogs. Also planting companion
wild flowers attracts the bees, repels pests ~ and adds to the
beauty of the site.
7. Minimum digging methods are recommended to maintain soil structure.
Digging speeds up the breakdown of beneficial humus, brings weed
seeds to the surface and knackers your back. Potato tubers can
be grown on top of the soil through straw and hay, but other annual
crops, especially those that are weed intolerant - e.g. onions
- will need a prepared seed bed. If you are prepared to experiment
with perennial plants and eat unusual foods then vegan permaculture
is the way forward. Tractors are out as they compact the soil;
however, machines run off biodiesel may offer a solution.
8. As the gene base of commercially grown seeds narrows and the
threat of mass starvation becomes more imminent, communities must
maintain their own seed stocks and use traditional varieties.
9. Eating raw food within minutes of its picking gives you the
most vitamins and minerals. Eating 65g of protein a day from unprocessed
seasonal fruit, veg, nuts, pulses, grains and seed (avoiding over
reliance on imported soya products), give you the best clean,
green, guilt free diet around.
10. Vegan-organic growing works well with community spirit and,
yes you've guessed - hard graft. It also offers a real alternative
to the dole queues. How is it possible to reclaim our land? The
insanity of the European Common Agriculture Policy pays greedy
farmers to set aside because they produce too much. Set aside
does not benefit trees or wildlife - after 6 months Monsanto's
Roundup weedkiller is dumped on it (obliterating any sign of life)
and aggressive chemical monoculture then continues apace, denying
future children the ability to feed themselves. The true lovers
of the land must squat prime arable land, because buying land
is not an option - the corporate backers and the planning authorities
have seen to that. Yet by following the dreams of the Diggers,
Ranters and Levellers, the dispossessed will reclaim their survival