DAY 7 – FRUIT FARMING 3

In his farmhouse kitchen, Michael answers questions from the University of Earth team who are trying to work out environmentally sane systems for the planet.

Michael thinks that most countries could fairly easily supply themselves with only organic fruit.

Michael trained as a forester at Stellenbosch University. He is totally shocked by the department’s decision to clear cut all the trees between Cape Town and Mossel Bay without putting anything back in its place. He finds the whole forestry system in South Africa a total disaster.

Forestry was a good means of employing thousands of people but instead, the government outsourced the cutting down.

Their policy was to burn the first lot of trees and then put in the trees but it did not work because in the burning they killed all the microbes in the soil. Fungus breaks down wood into soil and not fire. Man is not involved in improving soil not fire. An old tree falls down and is returned to the soil.

Port Jackson was brought into the country to retain soil to reclaim sand dunes. Pinelands used to be Cape towns’ rubbish dump. The Black Wattle was brought in for the tanim industry and timber for the mines.  Entymologists are using fungicides to control Port Jacksons . It causes a boll. The fertilizer and poison merchants suggest means of growing and controlling pests to conventional farmers whereas in organic farmers they are on their own. They need to research and then look for what they have researched. Slowly organic methods of controlling pests are entering the conventional farmers market.

He brings in praying mantises. When you remove everything of poison and all synthetic projects, you get a biodiversity shift, Praying mantises, spiders and earwigs.  The whole place is alive.

In the sea is hundreds and thousands of square miles of sea kilometers deep which is full of the toxins that come largely from agriculture. With organic farming, this does not happen.

Conventional farmers use a very toxic spray to control woolly aphid. it is a sap sucker which creates nodules. Organic farmers introduce wasps which eat the aphids. The world can control itself and Man interferes too much. That is why he tries not to interfere.

Sbonel says he would vote that organic is the way to farm. It creates so many jobs and no toxins in our water and soil. Jacky said there needs to be more information freely available.

Michael foresees the water shortage in Cape Town and doubts the city is ready for what is coming. He believes there could be war over water. He thinks there is enough food but logistics of distribution are the problem. Bululani thinks that organic farming is a natural way and highly nutritious. It is the nearest to the way the hunter gatherers used.

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