Why farmpunk?

A farmpunk could be described as a neo-agrarian who approaches [agri]culture, community development and/or design with an anarchistic hacker ethos. "Cyber-agrarian" could supplant neo-agrarian, indicating a back-to-the-land perspective that stands apart from past movements because it is heavily informed by conceptual integration in a post-industrial information society (thus "forward to the land" perhaps?) The art and science of modern ecological design—and ultimately, adapting to post-collapse contexts—will be best achieved through the combined arts of cybermancy and geomancy. In other words: the old ways of bushcraft and woodlore can be combined with modern technoscience (merely another form of lore) in open and decentralized ways that go beyond pure anarcho-primitivism. This blog is an example of just that. Throughout, natural ecologies must be seen as the original cybernetic systems.

**What we call for at the farmpunk headquarters**
°Freedom of information
°Ground-up action + top-down perspectives
°Local agricultural systems (adhering to permaculture/biodynamic principles) as the nuclei of economies
°Bioregional autonomy
°Computers are optional but can be used for good—see peer to peer tech, social media for direct popular management of natural or political disasters (e.g. Arab Spring), or the mission of the hacker collective Anonymous
°You

"Municipal liberty is the first and most important [principle] of democratic institutions, since nothing is more natural or worthy of respect then the right which citizens of any settlement have of arranging themselves the affairs of their common life and of resolving as best suits them in the interests and the needs of the locality." - Emilio Zapata

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The American Dairy Industry: Now in Technicolor

Well, technically it's in Kodachrome. :P




{{click the picture to watch the film}}

The part where "Professor Chapman" is like "Say there TOM, have you given any thought to the dairy industry?" -- I am immediately reminded of a guest lecturer at one of my Animal Science classes. He was like Mr. Big Dairy-Biz-Man. More on that later. In the meantime, watch some dairy recruitin' propaganda. It gets a bit repetitive after the first five minutes.

1 comment:

Jennifer McCharen said...

For some reason the way Tom's professor pronounces "milk", like "meelk", but extra nasally, makes me want to vomit.