“The Permaculture Land Re-distribution and Lottery Act of 2019” - New Myth #76 by Willi Paul, Planetshifter.com Media


“The Permaculture Land Re-distribution and Lottery Act of 2019” - New Myth #76 by Willi Paul, Planetshifter.com Media

The Dust Bowl (1930’s) - With insufficient understanding of the ecology of the plains, farmers had conducted extensive deep plowing of the virgin topsoil of the Great Plains during the previous decade; this had displaced the native, deep-rooted grasses that normally trapped soil and moisture even during periods of drought and high winds. The rapid mechanization of farm equipment, especially small gasoline tractors, and widespread use of the combine harvester contributed to farmers' decisions to convert arid grassland to cultivated cropland.

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Once a regional example of sustainability, the Bay Area is now slowly constricting, a halo-stained ouroboros, from lack of food and housing resources, energy terrorism, deterioration of infrastructure and ongoing graft in both corporate and government sectors.

The Drought Years brought some folks into the streets demanding change while others followed the cyclical “doom and gloom economy” over the cliff. NorCal Permaculturists joined forces with Occupy, the Sierra Club and other land reformist groups to peacefully redistribute land for a new community farm family.

Bumper stickers pillaged: “No cars, No Walgreens”, “Duck GMO!” and “Give Our Children Land!”

The Permaculture Land Re-distribution and Lottery Act of 2019 brought qualified city gardeners to together to build small-scale agriculture settlements where once huge tractors and pesticide sprayers paved the land for corporate profiteers like Monsanto and Del Monte. Care for the community and sharing the harvest ethics were written into law and implemented.

“Going forwards to travel backwards, some claimed!”

Not everyone won land from the lottery.

More urban land was also offered to families and farming organizations throughout the Bay Area by religious groups, schools and corporations in an effort to grow healthy food and train the jobless. One important result from the Act was a renewed sense of neighborliness and community security for all.

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