Re: [fukuoka_farming] Hydroponic Vegetable Production
>... I think reality both stands still (the perennial verities) andMay be so; yet to me, the most salient fact seems to be that each
>moves forward at the same time (though not at the same rate) ...
time we THINK we have it (reality, veritas or whatever) it has already
moved on. But perhaps, in essence, that is not unlike what you are
>Nature should permit a hydroponic/aeroponic/bioponic system forNature does permit an awful lot, even GM, the question is for how
>growing veggies that would parallel what happens in a healthy
long! Ahrr, that's the Fukuokan in me.
But you are right we shouldn't dismiss the possibility that science
and human ingenuity have the potential to improve living conditions
on this planet even if technological progress doesn't always go in
My feeling is that much of Fukuoka's thinking on technological
progess is inspired by the type of Zen story for example recorded
by D. T. Suzuki in one of his essays about the farmer who is bent
over his field all day long to cut the straw with a hand sickle. Being
offered a sickle with a longer handle that would facilitate his work,
he refuses point blank on the grounds that is father, and before that
his grandfather, and before that ... had always done it that way.
When reading Fukuoka's critique on science, we shouldn't forget that
he too is a scientist and that he has meticulously researched and
recorded his rice growing methods in true scientific fashion for years.
Robert Monie <bobm20001@...> wrote:
Well, Dieter, part of me is Thoreauvian/Fukuokan and another part is Bucky-Fuller "Nine Chains to the Moon" crazy futurist. Beause I think reality both stands still (the perennial verities) and moves forward at the same time (though not at the same rate), such notions are possible for me.
Nature should permit a hydroponic/aeroponic/bioponic system for growing veggies that would parallel what happens in a healthy self-sustaining field. Perhaps among the many sea plants that grow, some would fix nitrogen, some would dynamically accumulate nutrients; some would guild with companion plants; all sorts of--perhaps as yet unstudied--beneficial (amphibious) microbes would colonize plant roots and you could approach a closed cycle without a particle of soil. The system would then be alive and as unmechanical as possible; maybe each plant could be anchored on a little floating cork, or even bred to float gracefully as it interacted with the life teaming under and around it.
Hope you like science fiction as much as I do.
If nothing else, this would have made a nice story for Isaac Asimov or Ray Bradburry.
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