Listen now | Why land is the resource we must reclaim. Chris Smaje is a social scientist, farmer, and author of A Small Farm Future.We discuss the political importance of land, its historical context, the current inefficiencies of farming, and the liberation people can find in reclaiming land and the capacity to produce their own food. We also explore the historical contexts of peasantry and offer new narratives which could galvanisee urbanised populations to rebuild their relationships to land, food and independence.
Thanks for another great interview. I got a bit bogged down with numbers when I read Chris Smaje's book, but he's a pleasure to listen too and clearly knows his stuff. I share his unease with the 'precision fermentation' route as proposed by George Monbiot, although 'Regenesis' is another deep and meticulously researched book.
"You can have a farm and still read books" - classic!
Population increase correlates with using more oil, which makes sense as a barrel of oil is worth many thousands of hours of human labor (harder work in living is probably a constraint without the power of oil).