…2021… a new, or the last chance… for local life…?
- Man-made vs. natural materials… and the opportunities they offer
Polyamide comes naturally, for instance as wool or silk. It comes man-made as nylon or any number of other synthetic brands. The second sort of polyamide has intoxicated the planet. Along with a host of other non-biodegadable materials used in products of all kinds (and not the least the computer), in agriculture, traffic and transport. Today no soil, water or air remains without traces of these intoxicants. Auto-immune reactions (which also are observed with Covid-19) and diseases such as cancer and countlesss other illnesses are caused by these toxins. They pose a risk for every human being.
Wool and silk are still available. They are the best tested, most trusted and well loved raw materials for garments, which — after all right on human skin — keep him well tempered and protected from exposure. But will, with rising numbers, humanity be able to generate enough wool and silk to clothe all? And obviously the same goes for cotton. This question may be difficult to answer. And for several reasons it probably should be replaced by another question. Can a biodegradable commodity be developped, which lends itself to local production. A material that, along with kitchen scraps, can simply be composted. A material that can substitute for natural materials such as wool, silk, cotton, hemp and nettle. And for that matter surpass their performance?
Why is it not enough to have sufficient quantity? Why do production and deposition also play into the equation? Along with life-style and esthetics. Farming sheep in sufficient global quantity may not be possible. The same goes for silk and cotton. Silks are produced in Asia, wool is produced in the Northern Hemisphere and Australia. Regular long-distance transport of a mayor human commodity half-way around the globe, however, is wasteful. By the same token it damages the planet. In other words place of productions is a decisive factor. If a new bio-degradable material, let’s call it new-wood or new silk, can be produced and processed locally all will win. Raw material cultivation and harvest (in other words local farming), materials production in local plants and the manufacturing of garments right then and there can go hand in hand. They form a cycle, of which decompo-sition is an integral part.
(Is this the full story…? Are there other implications and/or unnamed questions…? Why not use herbal remedies without further processing…? ) (keep…). Have a look at these new materials, some bio-degradable, other to be uses as non-biodegradable building materials, to give them something useful to do (albeit, not entirely healthy and good for humans or the planet…)
2. Automatic results
Farming, fabrication and manufacture thus can go hand in hand. More so, all aspects of food and product origin can take place in any given location. They may best be realised in communities such as outlined in this permacultural approach. Every region of let’s say 50km surconference hence would produce all that is needed to feed, house, clothe and sustain its inhabitant. All inhabitants work, all are connected locally. Via internet all also connect in the virtual world, having access to education and communication on-line.
Tools (such as are needed in manufacturing processes) and vehicles (such as are needed for local transport) may best be produced supra-regionally, nationally or even internationally, and shipped long distance. Regional transport be done above ground by drones. Finances be handled by citizen-owned local banks without stock markets and/or investment gains. Controlled by regional governments, who collect taxes for the supervisison of local trafic patterns. National governments may simply be superfluous. As would be the urge to go to war. All of these changes will most likely happen automatically. They are a logical response to the local approach outlined above. Local generation of compostable materials for housing, garments and food alone would be the force that drives them.
3. Local factories
Think of it. Modern production sites, made of decomposable materials. Including research facilities and, if need be, laboratories. Owned by laborours and management alike. Producing local needs. Including packing and short reach, above ground shipping. Workers, and their families, living on the land, in the site’s surconference. There is no limit to how evolving communities can be organised. The above video is but one albeit useful example.
Local communities need schools, cafés, libraries, conservatories, sports facilities, laundry facilities, weekly or bi-weekly markets for fresh produce. Craftsmen need workshops, artisans need studios. Gardeners may want to join efforts in a gardening facility. And these are just the basics.
There are no limits to what wo/man can do. Once they are freed from the burden of meanial mind numming labor. Once they have access to materials, workspace and buddies, who share the vision. Must all results be marketable? Certainly not! Much can be done just for the fun of it. Much will result in new approaches. Some results may bring on break-throughs, in which ever field of interest or application.
4. Wo/man and land
Families need gardens. Children need space to roam. In fields and forests, creeks and ponds, with animals. Riding their horses to school or, for that matter, visiting far-off relatives or friends. No more reason to fear road accidents once all local traffic is off ground, and only small quiet electro units pass the land. Youngsters need spaces to assemble. Schools, library, work-shops or laundry facility. They should have the opportunity to build their own tiny house, ready just in time to leave home, start their own family and /or head for new shores. Parents and grandparents coming in with hands-on help and advise.
Girls may need workshops for garment making, quilting, knitting or crochet work. Woman may want to meet to make music. Or withdraw to sculpt, paint, text or do any of a million creative activities. Ensembles and concerts adding not only to the quality of musicians’ own life, but to that of all others as well.
Let’s see how factories and life in its surconference connect. Private gardens, without much ado, produce produce, which at some point will be harvested and processed. The same applies to trees and shrubs. As to mushrooms which grow in the wild. And to any number of green leave vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs. Factory workers and their families, in other words, live a self-sustained life. In addition they benefit from their company shares. A direct loop thus exists between labor input and factory output. Which encourages results and engagement, which in turn makes for quality of life.
5. Medical care
Workers walk to work, or bike. They may decide to ride to the factory and leave horses in care there. In other words, lots of opportunity arises to move about in open day light and fresh air. Weekend gardening, walks and/or rides in the forest, visits with neighbours… you name it.
Families are in the garden. They harvest fruit and collect mushrooms, berries, eggs and whatever else on the land is good for food or of interest for projects and production. Again… lots of outdoor time and movement for grand-parents, partents and children. Boys learn to hunt and fish.
With the advance of new wools, new silks, new cotton and any number of microbiologically produced bio-degradable materials for housing, garments, food and other stuff, environmental toxicity will by-and-by diminish. As a result humanity and the planet will regain normal immune responses. Medical care will shift from current best management strategies to healing and health maitenance. Everyone will know how to use medicinal herbs.
Through digestion innate, kind of obvious interdependencies exist between mankind (and for that matter all that lives on planet Earth) and the land. From seeds and roots, spontaneous division or any other means of multi-plication, vegetation on the land produces products for food and manu-facture. On their basis man and beast is fed. New biodegradable micro-biologically materials can be engineered.
Man (and all living beings) eat and consume that which the earth produces. They digest and retain that which nourishes the body. The rest they deposit as shit. Collected in saw dust toilets shit decomposes, along with kitchen scraps and anything else biodegradable. Each family has a compost pile. Resulting rich black soils go to the garden for next generations of food producing plants.
Shit from factory toilets, workshops, manufacture and communal facilities contributes to growing raw materials such as hemp, sugar cane, maize and others, used for a host of stuff, which man needs in the day-to-day. In other words, a sensible cycle exists between human need and that which the land produces. So far all can be done without depletion of water. Rain falls on the land. Used rain water goes on the compost. Fresh water for consumption and cleaning are another story.
Now, where do machines for farming come from? How are they monitored? What about factory equipment? What is with small electro units on the land, what with workshop tools? Will quantum computing be useful on the land, or will local and regional communities rather return to hand written records or maintain the small scale commuted record keeping, which is common today.
Local manufacturing, will it be able to provide all the needs, which exist over and above food stuff production and the provision of raw materials for further refinement. Fabric comes to mind, knitting of stockings and what ever else (in the course of long winter evenings) can not be hand-made in individual homes. Kitchen equipment, cleaning stuff, heating units. Building materials, including glas and metal.
How do iron ore deposits grow? How are metallic raw materials distributed on the planet? Can they be mined everywhere, or at least sufficienly close by? Is there, world-wide, enough sand to produce glass for all future generations? Enough cement for all buildings, enough asphalt for all remaining roads? A return to common sense thrift may have to go hand in hand.
This unique German, mid-1800s document illustrates the constant world-wide evolution of iron ore. Conclusion: …these processes are slow, they take time. However, they are standard. Throughout the Earth’s mantle substances always are active. Interaction and change abound. This is not what “old” geology thought. It deemed Earth but a dead body… only science has brought it to life, as it begun to recognise its law-abiding mutations… became able to confirm its cycling of substances… and with it has stone come alive.
What else may man need?
Summary and conclusion
Obviously, with diminishing production and use of non-decomposable man-made materials, toxicity levels on planet Earth will diminish. The end of individual traffic on the surface of planet Earth will end toxic emission. Concentration on local economies will call on local transport alone. Due to new work standards, outdoor life and moving about will be the rule. Health and healing will return. Fellowship and togetherness will replace loneliness. Arts and craft will flourish. Travel and world wide communication will remain an option. All in all, a better world is in sight.
But will mankind, or a sufficient percentage, want these sort of changes?Exchange oranges and lemons for small fruits and berries. Replace coffee and tea with concoctions of laurel or cannabis. Substitute fermented nettle or hawthorn for white or black teas. To name just a few (and most obvious) of a million changes, which all also may be for the better…