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  1. AJ Burton

    While still not good, ( I totally am on board w regen ag & all the reasons conventional is bad) i will pick on the point where u said about 50 some % of us ag land is in anuals then went on to say that post harvest this land is bare rest of year /until next planting is up. Again, still not arguing FOR most types of annual production happening, but for those who take statistic & run wild w them- PLEASE keep in mind that if that 50 some % is including organic practice farms, well, many of them do practice cover crops/keeping soil covered & even no till. Also, many in coventional ag dont necessarily till up their corn or soybean stubble in fall, or, again, there's even some no-til that's been happening for a while now. I've seen quite a bit of these examples in conventional, in WI not only on, but incl., my folk's dairy farm. dif. topic : Wondering if apple ethanol is better for engines that corn ethanol ? My husband is a very experienced mechanic ( mainly diesel but is well rounded) & hates ethanol fuel. Also, great if machines can run on these oils sustainably ( ALL things considered, not just the engine's fuel) but long-term I am all for getting back to people doing the picking etc.,  as much as can be done healthfully ( for the people). Getting out in sunshine, fresh air doing useful work . Perfect job for youth & esp. homeschooled/alternate schooled kids but they're not the only ones who can work with seasonality & flexibility . Anyways, awesome, awesome talk & info, I was saying "amen" about every minute throughout !

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  2. LeeInTheTree

    Definitely disagree about the claim that annuals cannot be done in a self-replicating and sustainable manner. Take a look at The Gardening Channel with James Prigoni. You cover the soil with mulch like in nature and expose pockets around seeded plants so that they self seed and every year the patch will grow out and the proximity of the plants growing together will cover the bits of exposed soil in between. How do perennials re-seed in nature if not like that? I fail to see how this does not also apply to annuals.

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  3. Bla Bla

    I know too little about agriculture to have an opinion on that topic, but when he makes obvious mistakes in other fields that I know stuff about I lose faith in is overall expertise.
    For example, mongolians did raid and conquered China and so did other steppe nomads so the chinese had damn good reasons to build that wall.
    Also, mammalian males are not more ornate than the females.
    Hyenas are active hunters and are led by females.

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  4. chemp231

    "Hunter gatherer culture"*
    Should have put air quotes, native americans who are considered hunter gatherer farmed berries while the europeans that came thaught they picked it randomly, but they helped it grow on purpose (cutivating and farming it) and their hunting was more a culling process they chose the older deer the weaker deer and did selective breeding in a very basic form it might not be domestication ,but it still involved one till a year it still involved selective ness and if a deer was going bad itd be used as bait in a trap if your fish went bad itd be used as firtalizer when planting the native american farming methood was amazing

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  5. Ae Norist

    Talk starts around 25:00

    Oh no, i have so little time … yabbers on unrelated for half the talk.

    He is historically and culturally uninformed.
    He´s there to talk about farming, why does he not get to the point?
    Everyone there already knew that we need perannial farms … get to the nuts and bolts, Mr. Real-world.

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  6. Ben

    Really interesting stuff, learning a lot. Disagree on rain barrels, just account for the overflow. Direct it into a another barrel, a rice paddy, wetlands or something. Still nice to have a barrel filled with water, even if you're not capturing it all. Though I love the rainwater swimming pool idea in the other video. And why can't we grow all our own food in our yards? It'd have to be a particular size for the amount of people, depending on climate there'd be a limited population density. But if we can alley crop and silvopasture in a farm, why not in a yard? Especially if the house is thought of as shelter, not a status symbol, and sized appropriately. Lots of open land to intensively farm. For everyone to do that we'd have to reorganize everything about society, so in real life we'll need farms of course. Just fun to argue, even if I mostly agree

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  7. B Charron

    **I would like to know where I can get a book that teaches you the practicalities of permaculture. I know there are tonnes of books on this subject that are more philosophical than practical. Most of them don't actually tell you how to put this philosophy into practice, and don't give many detailed instructions on how to execute this idea. They are all mostly theoretical. It all sounds like a great idea, and I am all for it, but I havent heard or read a good book that teaches how to put this permaculture subject into practical use. Does anyone know of any such books? Thanks**

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  8. Horse237

    I am new to this. I want to raise several crops a year in green houses. Maybe I could raise blueberries and peaches which are popular in my area with other plants in the rows between the trees and shrubs.
    For some reason a lot of people resist greenhouses. But I am new to this channel and movement. I am still in the planning stage for a farm.

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  9. nonamenousenoyou

    I love this guy!! Mark, please visit my family's farm in Missouri (yep.) and convert my conventional uncle!! I want in!!
    Thank you for your wonderful, accessible videos! And thank you for what you are doing for the Earth, for the big picture, and for all of us humans!
    *you rock!

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  10. melovescoffee

    Yeah man! Preach it! Got off my ass 5 years ago. My stake is in the ground, my trees are in the ground, pretty soon my shrubs will be in their final places and the anual component will start to shrink. I'm not moving, i'm not budging, i stay right here and build paradise. It's not my land but it is my fight. Who cares if you own the land or not. I agree with many native peoples, you can not own land and you can not do anything you want to it, simply because you 'own' it. This is the land of future generations and all the animals living on it.

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  11. Jefferdaughter

    Deeply appreciate Mark Shepard, and the many excellent points he makes. However, the annual crop farmers do take vacations- every year after the harvest is in. One of the supposed advantages of what is now known as conventional crop farming is that without animals, one can take a few days during the year off work, and an extended vacation during the off season.

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  12. Jefferdaughter

    Some of us eat like our ancestors- animal fats, fats from perenniel plants (cocount, tree nuts, olives and olive oil, avacado), animal proteins, and a lot of veg- much of it from perenniels, most of the rest integrated into the animal productions cycles. Other than the coconuts, olives, and avacados- the rest is produced locally, and using sustainable to regenerative methods. It can be done.
    BTW, viewers may want to check out LCHF diets. Useful for losing weight while maintaining muscle mass, overcoming or living with insulin resistance/ pre-diabetic conditions, and also reduced inflammation, aka pain. Those on a high fat diet tend to find that they need and want MUCH less food, and many experience a range of additional benefits when they eat this way.

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  13. Simon White

    I'm 15 minutes in and wondering if I'm watching a conspiracy theory. Get talking about soil erosion already and perennial wheat. There is no perfect way to live, just ways of adapting.

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  14. plonk7

    I love this guy. Mark talks total pragmatism backed by real life experience. This is the real solution. Looking for my acreage right now. I am starting. Read Restoration Agriculture. Great book. Then ACT!

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