Farming With the Hidden Half of Nature
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This book is about the invisible or subtle nature of food and farming, and also about the nature of existence. Everything that we know (and do not know) about the physical world has a subtle counterpart which has been scarcely considered in modernist farming practice and research. If you think this book isn’t for you, if it appears more important to attend to the pressing physical challenges the world is facing before having the luxury of turning to such subtleties, then think again. For it could be precisely this worldview – the one prioritises the physical-material dimension of reality - that helped get us into this situation in the first place. Perhaps we need a different worldview to get us out?
This book makes a foundational contribution to the discipline of Subtle Agroecologies, a nexus of indigenous epistemologies, multidisciplinary advances in wave-based and ethereal studies, and the science of sustainable agriculture. Not a farming system in itself, Subtle Agroecologies superimposes a non-material dimension upon existing, materially-based agroecological farming systems. Bringing together 43 authors from 12 countries and five continents, from the natural and social sciences as well as the arts and humanities, this multi-contributed book introduces the discipline, explaining its relevance and potential contribution to the field of Agroecology.
Research into Subtle Agroecologies may be described as the systematic study of the nature of the invisible world as it relates to the practice of agriculture, and to do this through adapting and innovating with research methods, in particular with those of a more embodied nature, with the overall purpose of bringing and maintaining balance and harmony. Such research is an open-minded inquiry, its grounding being the lived experiences of humans working on, and with, the land over several thousand years to the present. By reclaiming and reinterpreting the perennial relationship between humans and nature, the implications would revolutionise agriculture, heralding a new wave of more sustainable farming techniques, changing our whole relationship with nature to one of real collaboration rather than control, and ultimately transforming ourselves.
Table of Contents
Section 1: Transformative Epistemological, Philosophical and Theoretical Frameworks
- Re-enchanting Agriculture: Farming With the Hidden Half of Nature
- From the Mainstreaming of Western Science to the Co-evolution of Different Sciences: Addressing Cognitive Injustice
- Conversations With Nature Spirits: the Political Ecology of Power and Progress in Rural Zimbabwe
- The Forgotten Ground: Recollecting the Primordial Harmony
- Humans are Humus: Using Eco-psychology to Highlight the Language of Dualism and the Promise of the Non-dual
- A New Science From a Historical Figure: Goethe as Holistic Scientist
- From Quantum Biology Toward Quantum Consciousness
- Healing our Relationship with Gaia Through a New Thrivability Paradigm
- Electromagnetic Fields Mitigate Adverse Effects of Environmental Stresses in Plants
- Synthesis of In-Situ Experimental Projects and the Practical Uses of the Method of Epigenetic Regulation of Protein Synthesis Developed by J. Sternheimer, in the Agricultural Field: Case studies of Grapevine (fungi: Esca and Mildew), Endive (bacterium: Erwinia) and Courgette (viruses: WMV2, ZYMV)
- Astronomical Rhythms in Biodynamic Agriculture: A Brazilian Case Study on the Yield and Quality of Daucus carota l. under Biodynamic Management Related to Lunar Rhythms
- Electromagnetic Parameters Related to Plants and Their Microbiomes
- Homeopathy Applied to Agriculture: Theoretical and Practical Considerations with Examples from Brazil
- Effect of Low Power Laser Biotechnology Pretreatment on Shooting and Initial Growth of Mulberry and Sugarcane Under Flood Stress
- Fluorescence-Excitation-Spectroscopy (FES) to Evaluate the Farming System’s Impact on Food Quality
- Picturing Vitality, the Crystallisation Fingerprint Method
- Calibrating the Body: Embodied Research Strategies for Attuning to Subtle Information
- The Art of Food Rituals as a Practice in Sympoiethics
- The Systemic Constellations Method Applied to Agriculture
- Engaging in the Goethean Method: An Approach for Understanding the Farm?
- Intuitive Farming: Heart-based Decisions for Harmony in Agricultural Ecosystems
- An Investigation of Sustainable Yogic Agriculture as a Mind-Matter Farming Approach
- The Etheric Realms as a Foundation for Exploring the Use of Radionics With the Biodynamic Preparations
- The Subtle Life of the Bee and its Importance for Humanity
- An Exploration of the Dynamic Role of Water in a Holistic Agriculture
- Land Whispering: Practical Applications of Consciousness and Subtle Energy Awareness in Agriculture - notes and reflections from practice in the field
- Rediscovering Ancient Pathways for Regenerative Agriculture
- Experiencing the Metaphysics of Agriculture
Georgina McAllister and Zeddy Chikukwa
Anneloes Smitsman and Jude Currivan
Section 2: The Intersection of Wave-Based Science and Agriculture
Angel De Souza-Torres
Victor Prévost, Michel Duhamel, Pedro Ferrandiz and Joël Sternheimer
Rovier Verdi, Leo Faedo and Pedro Boff
Sergio Rodríguez Rodríguez, Eduardo Ortega, Juan José Silva Pupo, Alexander Álvarez Fonseca, Medardo Ulloa Enríquez and Luis Arias Basulto
Jenifer Wohlers, Peter Stolz, Gudrun Mende and Jürgen Strube
Section 3: The Search for More Embodied Methodologies
Miche Fabre Lewin and Flora Gathorne-Hardy
Saskia von Diest
Janus Bojesen Jensen
Section 4: Voices From the Field
Michael J. Roads
Julia Wright has a background in international research and development, seeking to integrate ecological (organic and permaculture) thinking into conventional agricultural systems and organisations, including in humanitarian settings. After studying at Trinity St Davids (University of Wales), Silsoe College (Cranfield University) and Wye College (London University), she worked for some years in South America before undertaking a PhD at Wageningen University on the coping strategies of the Cuban farming sector during the country's period of food and fuel shortages in the 1990s, resulting in the Earthscan publication Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in an Era of Oil Scarcity: Lessons from Cuba (2009). Returning to the UK in 2003 to lead the International Programme of the organic NGO Garden Organic (formerly the Henry Doubleday Research Association), in 2011 she was involved in establishing the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience at Coventry University, where she has since been developing a research programme on the discipline of Subtle Agroecologies.
Subtle Agroecologies is a masterpiece which takes us into critical examination of aspects of the worlds of farming and food production that are usually hidden from view. With chapters inspired by classical philosophy, indigenous practice, ecological thought and the new physics, it opens up vital new areas for debate and practice, which are of deep significance for agriculture in a world of climate change. Essential reading for anyone concerned with new perspectives on the health of our planet.
- Dr Nicholas Campion, Associate Professor in Cosmology and Culture, Director, Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture and Programme Director, MA Ecology and Spirituality, University of Wales, UK
In his novel, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Douglas Adams gives his hero the line "Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all." Some will consider the subject matter of this book unthinkable, undoable and possibly ineffable. Others, that the hidden half of nature has been too long in the shadows and that such an academically rigorous, reasoned and readable exposition is timely. The knowledge, insights and experiences set out in this book are profoundly important but in the face of the existential challenges to our planet and its societies there is an urgency for them to be disseminated, discussed and acted upon.
- Lawrence Woodward, O.B.E., Director, Whole Health Agriculture, Co-founder and former Director, The Organic Research Centre, UK