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There is a food crisis developing because of the industrialization, standardization, and consolidation of food production, processing, and distribution.  This crisis is being realized as a result of the culture created by men and policies like Earl Butz's “Get Big or Get Out!”  Earl Butz was the Agriculture Secretary of Richard Nixon's administration.  For 40 years the policies and practices of “Bigger” has diminished the nutrient density and quality of our food experience in the USA.  The Confined Animal Feeding Operations, fields of corn & soy beans, increased fertilizer, pesticide and antibiotic use, death of the honey bees, etc. have lead us to the brink of mass starvation.  For those who don't grow or access their own locally grown variety of nutrient dense foods this is already the case.

Restorative Agriculture is about bringing agriculture to its proper place in our society and our lives.  The human body does not break down when properly fueled.  Many people are experiencing the recovery of their health by eating nutrient dense foods.  More need to experience the departure from the dependence upon drugs to help with childhood behavior problems, diabetes, cancers, heart disease, hormonal imbalances, and so on.  We can do this only with local agriculture done in the healthiest of ways.  Restorative Agriculture is about restoring the life and nutrients to the soil; using diverse ecological systems to bring the balance of life to the farm, without harmful chemicals; connecting with the local community to provide Nutrient Dense Fresh Foods in a natural seasonal cycle; and rewarding the farmer financially so that farming is a desirable, sustaining and fulfilling occupation.

As a Guatemalan farmer living in the US for years, Here is a way to get big, but to do it sustainably:

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, an innovator in the field of regenerative agriculture, has developed an ingenious system that has the potential to transform the way food is grown.

You might be familiar with Joel Salatin and the way he raises pastured chickens. I visited him on his Polyface Farm in Virginia, but Reginaldo has massively improved the method of raising chickens naturally, without the use of any cages.

Reginaldo was born in poverty in Guatemala, just before the beginning of the 36-year long civil war that finally ended in 1996, and overcame tremendous struggles to obtain the finest agriculture education in Guatemala — at the Central National School of Agriculture—where conventional agriculture is the primary focus.

It's a four-year educational system that is as challenging, if not more so, than medical school in the US, with hands-on fieldwork starting at 6:30 in the morning, classes from 1 to 5 every afternoon and mandatory study time until 10 at night.

While the Central National School of Agriculture teaches conventional agriculture, Reginaldo took a different path once he got out, focusing on natural systems rather than following the conventional model.

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