NOTE: Make sure you read the first three posts (in order!) before tackling the rest, or it could be confusing: Post 1 is Designing the future, Post 2 is Setting up the problem, and Post 3 is Estimating basic requirements.


Monday, October 09, 2006

Living history, living future

During a visit home to Iowa last weekend, we took a morning trip to Living History Farms near Des Moines. It was refreshing to get a glimpse of simpler living and learn how they did it. It’s also interesting to consider how a pre-Oil way of life differs from a post-Peak Oil life. I recommend everyone take a healthy dose of the past to remember the peace of living towards which we’re working.

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At 8:42 AM, Blogger DJEB said...

I don't advocate a return to the past. We can use the principals of ecology discovered over the last half century to work with nature rather than against it. It is my experience that with proper design and effort put into the initial start up of a system, crops can be grown without weeding, without fertilisers and biocides, and, in most cold temperate areas, without watering.

There are some useful lessons to be learnt from the past, but a lack of abundant energy does not mean that we must follow a script written 150 years ago.

At 12:13 PM, Blogger PeakEngineer said...

I agree. My main point is that there are many things we can learn from the past, but we do have some new advantages.

At 3:13 PM, Blogger DJEB said...

There certainly are. I'm a student of Bill Mollison and part of his brilliance is not only a sold grasp of science but also a practical upbringing in local self-sufficiency.

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