Thanks Rita, I read all of the pages, although publishing and which type and art to use may well make sensible points, I should have liked for Mr. Watson to have explained more about his understanding of raw foods and digestive health. Or perhaps the editor to have expanded the benefits to human health, as well as less animals being kept or fed in pasture for final use in the food chain. Perhaps also including the need to retain stock sized fields rather than the prairies for corn growing. Although tractor mechanisation is aimed at hedgeless, beetle-less borders and single owner or corporation owned, vast farms, since small farms are not viable in cereal production, (if at all in the UK these days.)
Certainly re-afforestation is required, yet the want of not using oil products for supermarket packaging, leads to thousands of acres of virgin forest in Madagascar, destroyed to grow plants for packaging.
The newer varieties of wheat for bread are higher yielding but roots function less well than 60 years ago, and less mineral content is included in flours today than in the past. Selenium and magnesium are frequently deficient in UK wheat, zinc may also need to be gained from other fruit and salad plants. Older varieties of crops were richer in nutrients. More people in the UK today live without a garden, since developers like to build apartments, rather than family homes with a vegetable plot. Fresh local produce commands a premium price, so the majority of people drive to the supermarket and buy vegetables which are picked before they are ready, shipped hundreds or thousands of miles, and which often lacks the vitamins they hope to benefit their families health by providing.
Africa has had many of it's countries hit by drought and yet the aid from foreign governments is aimed at changing millet to maize, which survives less well and fails more frequently. (Of course some of the big GM companies want money from the aid programme to provide seed and then finance stays in the country purporting to be giving. Or perhaps exchanged for valuable mineral extraction rights. Oh dear, my cynicism level is too high this evening.)
Still as many questions as answers, but I am very respectful of those who live without meat, fish, milk, wool, leather. It is to be aspired to.
My own hens are not eaten, when they die their little bodies are left under the hedge at the bottom of the field for the vixen to take in the night, and whilst they live, wander free-range, and lay, I enjoy the eggs from the nest boxes. In return they have corn, linseed, they like a little soaked sugar beet and anything else offered, as well as scratching for worms in the soil and turning the muck heap over and helping to compost it.
I am sure Mr. Watson has made big strides from his starting point, but as he observed, wars, mines, plutonium enriched bombs, humans are still such a long way from evolving into anything reflecting learning, thought, enlightenment.
Yet there is always a hope because those few obstinate outsiders, who do things differently, choose their own paths, find fulfillment in the everyday interactions and seem to have a life of FUN, enjoyment, and others want a little of that, and slowly take one or two steps in that direction.
Anyone who so dearly lives by their philosophy, who is true to their conscience and happy in their own skin, will have more likelihood of a satisfying and happy life.
Much food for thought, thank you for posting.