So something that seems to be fairly consistent is that those aiming to rewild have a certain flexibility that comes with the process. Most seem to be rather tolerant of small scale permaculture and agricultural practices, especially along subsistence lines. I was curious as to anyone's personal feelings about how broad we are with rewilding and where the line is. I imagine given our context, we even can mix with small farmers sympathetic to our plight who produce commodity crops, but clearly rewilding isn't agriculture and subsistence isn't commodity production...or is it that clear?
Well, I keep immediate-return hunting and gathering firmly in mind as an ideal. At the same time, in one's personal rewilding process, I think you do what you need to do. So yeah, some horticulture type stuff etc., even some mixing with small farmers. i.e., it's a process.
Personally, I'm not as young as I once was (funny how that works!) and I don't really think there's much chance I'll ever be living as a HG. But for the long term human future, I do preach immediate-return ways as the best bet for both egalitarianism and ecological sustainability. I even question "tending the wild" which most rewilders love without a second thought. I'm sure I'll be saying more about that as time goes on, as I'm slowly researching it to write something on it.
Oh, and I do see some potential for things like permaculture and tending the wild for ecosystem restoration. My concern, though, is people jumping into those things without really knowing what they're doing. As an example, I recently came across a recommendation that we "reclaim the deserts" as though deserts are some damaged ecosystem needing to be fixed. It just highlights how those involved in ecosystem restoration had better really research it and think it through and proceed with caution taking a "first, do no harm" approach.
Last Edit: Mar 10, 2015 22:57:09 GMT -5 by John F.