Earth Recovery Units

Earth Recovery Units

Like a beautiful Lotus that grows out of the stinking mud in dark waters, so too will ‘ER Units’ – ‘EARTH RECOVERY Units’ – grow out of the despair and concern of people around the world for a viable planet.

Please help co-create an ‘ER Unit’ in YOUR Village/ Neighborhood/ Town/ Country. The aim is to get people to work together for 2 COMMON GOALS:

1) ENHANCE your Quality of Life; and
2) RESTORE the Earth in your vicinity.

You can do this by implementing the 3 Rs: RETHINK – RE-PLAN – RESTORE.

Leave a comment if you would like to start an Earth Recovery Unit in your Landbase or Watershed.

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The Techno Fix Pathology in a Kansas Wheat Field

The Techno Fix Pathology in a Kansas Wheat Field

Techno-Optimism is preventing us from considering low tech real solutions for critical problems. A Techno Fix never addresses the root problem. It just litters the future with unintended consequences.

The Big Lie used by Industrial Agriculture, that their technology alone can feed the world, relies on the Techno-Optimism of most Americans and obscures the unsustainable, environmentally destructive results of mining and destroying the living soil Kansas was blessed with.

Agroecology and agroforestry are just two potential technologies that are more likely to feed the world sustainably than destructive monoculture factory farming. Industrial Agriculture focuses on profit and efficiency at the expense of the environment relying on inputs derived from finite fossil fuel, Ecocide and the theft of Earth’s Genetic Heritage.

Techno-Fix: Why Technology Can’t Save Us or the Environment is a crucial book examining these issues coauthored by Michael and Joyce Huesemann. Check it out.

Here are some links to Huesemann’s work:

Can Technology Save Us? TV Interview

Presentation at Town Hall, Seattle, Washington

Publisher website:

Another primer with insight into this issue is the 1982 book, OVERSHOOT: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change by the late environmental sociologist William R. Catton.

Overshoot should be available at your local library or from the publisher at:



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A 2005 study found 40 million acres of lawn in USA

“ turf grasses would represent the single largest irrigated ‘crop’ in the U.S.” 1

Water used: 49 billion gallons of water a week

Fertilizer used: 3 million tons/year

Deathacides used: $2.2 billion used in USA 2007, 10 times more than Industrial Agriculture.

40 million acres of ecological blight offer a unique opportunity to eradicate, remediate and #CarbonFarmLawn . Edible Landscaping, Backyard Orchard Culture, Naturescaping with native trees, shrubs and perennials and multifunctional rain gardens are  sustainable practices that keep carbon in the soil and in perennial biomass. They can supply multiple vital ecosystems services such as soil creation stormwater remediation, water filtering and infiltration, food and medicine, biodiversity, wildlife habitat and human spiritual  wellbeing.

We can convert the front yards of America into beautiful, biologically diverse, perennial and productive carbon sequestration systems, Paradise Gardens.


  1. Milesi, C., Elvidge, C.D., Dietz, J.B., Tuttle, B.T., Nemani, R.R. and Running, S.W., 2005. A strategy for mapping and modeling the ecological effects of US lawns. J. Turfgrass Manage, 1, pp.83-97.
Happy New Website

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