[Marxism] [UCE] Developing a Marxist approach to agriculture

John Reimann 1999wildcat at gmail.com
Wed Oct 10 15:34:44 MDT 2018


“All progress in capitalist agriculture is a progress in the art, not only
of robbing the worker, but of robbing the soil…. Capitalist production,
therefore, only develops the techniques and the degree of combination of
the social process of production by simultaneously undermining the original
sources of all wealth—the soil and the worker.”

—Karl Marx, Capital, Vol. 1, Chapter on “Machinery and Large-Scale
Industry”

Issues and terms covered in this essay, in part:

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   adaptive multi-paddock grazing
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   mob-grazing
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   intensive rotational grazing
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   holistic management
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   regenerative/restorative agriculture
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   no till farming
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   cover cropping
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   agro-ecology


These are all terms that are overlapping concepts dealing with *mimicking
nature* to restore the land, grow food and ending the negative effects of
climate change due to factory farming  [technically called “Concentrated
Animal Feeding Operations or CAFOs].

Story at-a-glance

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   Adaptive multi-paddock (AMP) grazing is a certain type of rotational
   grass fed farming that allows cattle to graze in one paddock at a
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   time, while other paddocks have a chance to grow and regenerate at an
   accelerated pace. What made this possible was the highly efficient very
   lightweight electric fencing that can be moved around to different paddocks
   by a single person.
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   In one four-year study, greenhouse gas emissions from the AMP system
   were reduced to a negative amount whereas feedlot emissions increased due
   to soil erosion
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   AMP grazing has the potential to offset greenhouse gas emissions by
   sequestering carbon in the soil and acting as a net carbon sink. More below
   under the AMP header…

By David Walters.
Read entire article here:

https://oaklandsocialist.com/2018/10/10/developing-a-marxist-approach-to-global-agriculture-a-primer-on-the-role-of-animals-in-maintaining-soil-health/

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