In 2009, I read a series of books called The Ringing Cedar Series by Vladimir Megré. The story is based on a young Russian woman who was found living alone in the Siberian wilderness in 1995 by the author. Apparently, she was born in 1969 to parents who died shortly after in a forest accident, and she was watched over and raised by her grandfather and great-grandfather in the forest. This young woman, Anastasia, developed powers, skills and knowledge in this remote, pristine natural environment that are a mystery to even the best educated standards. The series is the story of her discovery, but more significantly, her messages for the outside world. One of her messages was directed to the Russian government, precisely to President Putin, with a request on behalf of the Russian people to “…settle the land question on a legislative basis and grant each willing family in our nation one hectar of land free of charge, affording the opportunity to each willing family to establish its own kin’s domain, dignify it and lovingly care for its own piece of the Motherland, thereby making the Motherland as a whole beautiful and happy- the Motherland, after all, consists of little pieces”. In fact, President Putin did eventually grant over 30,000 hectares to Russian families.
There are questions among readers as to the truth of these stories. I think it is somewhat irrelevant when you consider the impact of the story, especially on the Russian people. Over 10 million Russians read this series which has resulted in the article below addressing the success of Russian small scale organic farming. In Russia, and around the world, Anastasia has become a phenomenon of great influence as a patroness of her back to the garden protocol. More so, she has laid out specific blueprints for garden design, what to plant including the where, when and how to create successful gardens of paradise. In response to this series, thousands of people are joining together to create new community neighborhoods and eco-villages where each family or individual owns their own piece of land, and share the pride of creating natural sanctuaries and beautiful estates enjoyed by themselves and their future generations. This is living in harmony with nature at its finest.
Today, over 35 million Russian families are providing more than 70 % of the food for their country from their privately owned organic farms and small gardens. They are real proof of what is possible at the grass roots level. We do not need the likes of big corp and the GMO hoax to feed the world. We all just need to return to the garden.
True or not true, I found The Ringing Cedar Series a great read.
Conscious Life News
The Russians Prove Small Scale Organic CAN Feed The World
Christina Sarich | Naturalsociety | May 29th, 2013
If you’ve already been through an economic collapse, you might know a thing or two about how to feed your family with little money. More importantly, you might know how to do it without pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and GMO seed. On a total of about 20 million acres managed by over 35 million Russian families, Russians are carrying on an old-world technique, which we Americans might learn from. They are growing their own organic crops – and it’s working.
According to some statistics, they grow 92% of the entire countries’ potatoes, 77% of its vegetables, 87% of its fruit, and feed 71% of the entire population from privately owned, organic farms or house gardens all across the country. These aren’t huge Agro-farms run by pharmaceutical companies; these are small family farms and less-than-an-acre gardens.
A recent report from Agro-ecology and the Right to Food says that organic and sustainable small-scale farming could double food production in the parts of the world where hunger is the biggest issue. Within five to 10 years we could see a big jump in crop cultivation. It could also take the teeth out of GMO business in the US.
According to World Watch, we can also farm fish responsibly and feed the planet. Sustainable fish farms along with organic gardening are becoming the new agro-business.
“Farmed seafood has certain advantages over wild fish in meeting modern demand. For a global marketplace that demands increasingly predictable products—uniform-sized fillets available year-round, free of the vagaries of weather or open-ocean fishing—fish farming delivers this predictability. Farms are also becoming more productive, raising fish at a lower cost and expanding the potential market.” (Brian Halwell, Farming Fish for the Future).
As long as this is done in sustainable ways without GMO salmon, we really can feed over 7 billion people.
Unfortunately, not all of us want to utilize organic farming. Purchasing 500,000 shares of Monsanto stock in 2012, Bill Gates is just one key figure who argues that GMOs are an absolute necessity in order to fight global starvation. Of course along with ‘saving the world from starvation’, GMO crops also bring along a large number of unwanted health and environmental effects. This isn’t even considering the fact that long term, we truly don’t know what kind of impact this will have on the earth on a major scale. Though we do know once everything is GMO, it will be virtually impossible to go back to a natural world.
Check out NaturalSociety’s YouTube Channel for some recent videos on the March Against Monsanto event occurring in Philadelphia, PA. The videos offer some educational information along with a look at how people everywhere reject Monsanto and genetically modified organisms. Say goodbye to GMOs. We don’t need them.
“We won’t solve hunger and stop climate change with industrial farming on large plantations,” says Olivier De Schutter.
This article originally appeared at Naturalsociety.