It is not hard to see that our world today has become greatly polarized. On the one hand, we have corporate greed, government corruption and media control leading the way with a trail of destruction on an environmental, financial and psychological level.
On the other hand, we have grassroots movements, individual people and organizations healing the world by creating and implementing solutions from a space of justice, peace and sustainability.
We know we cannot continue the way we have been going, lest we risk completely destroying ourselves. Thus, as part of the awakening today, we have more and more inspirational beings and resources coming through and making an impact on how we live individually, collectively and globally. One of these people is Peter Proctor, and one such resource is a film that shares his solution for our farming methods, entitled One Man, One Cow, One Planet.
The film can give anyone a basis of what is possible and why, for the best, most sustainable food production. But more than that, the film will leave everyone with hope, inspiration and empowerment as it shows how much positive impact one man can have on the state of things in our world. Often many people are distraught today thinking that we are powerless against the tyranny of mass control systems. Yet films like these give us conviction that every single action, by every single person on this planet makes a difference. The question is simply to consider if our actions are contributing to the problems, or to the solutions.
In this review I will share with you more about this film in terms of what it covers, how it can be a valuable resource for you and my personal comments about it.
One Man, One Cow, One Planet is a documentary film, released in 2008.
The film features Peter Proctor, his story and specifically his methods for biodynamic farming—a higher form of organic farming. He is known as the father of modern biodynamic agriculture. He is from New Zealand and has relocated to India to educate and help the farmers there save their livelihoods, in turn benefitting the planet as a whole. It was written, created, and produced by Barbara and Thomas Burstyn.
The film is about 1 hour in length, and put together in a typical documentary fashion with supporting footage, expert interviews, and narration. More information about the film can be found on the film website: OneManOneCow.com
One Man, One Cow, One Planet begins with a strong message about how modern agriculture is war on our Earth, and more importantly our farming and food. It brings to awareness for the viewer immediately the state of the world we live in today—one where chemicals are readily put onto our food, into our soils, water and air. It then introduces Peter Proctor, showing some of his biodynamic practices and how these could be a possible solution to save the world.
The film raises awareness about the damage and destruction on the Earth, caused by biotech companies like Monsanto and chemical companies that produce pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, etc. It educates and explains not only how modern farming is completely unsustainable, but also unable to feed the world, as it based on the waste and destruction of natural resources.
The film explains what biodynamic farming is and how a biodynamic farm is totally self sufficient, self contained and dedicated to producing good food for the benefit of mankind. It also fully explains what makes a good farm, such as compost. As the film shares “Compost is the only way to increase the humus content of soil. Without humus, soil is lifeless.” Another integral component is cow pat pit and the narrator explains what it is and how it is involved in biodynamic farming. The film also focuses on the quality of water that is used for biodynamic farming, how pest control works, preparations and planting according to nature’s cycles.
Throughout the film Peter’s message is clear: the health of the plant comes from the health of the soil. And today, we have destroyed and continue to ruin the Earth’s soils due to the application of numerous chemicals which deplete soil fertility making soils unable to sustain healthy plant growth. As Peter explains, the reality is that there is no comparison between biodynamic and conventional farming, because biodynamic farming nourishes the soil having it last forever, where as conventional farming destroys its soils within 10 to 30 years.
Healthy soil, makes healthy plants, makes healthy people.
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I recently had the pleasure of watching this film, thanks to a recommendation from Stacey Mathews at Regenerative Like Skills. I greatly enjoyed viewing this film and found it to be extremely inspiring and empowering. Yes, it is so sad, and so unfortunate that the past few decades have seen us destroying our planet’s resources, but what is so positive is that today so many people are working to educate others and heal our planet back to health, vitality and balance.
The film is wonderful at bringing together numerous sustainability practices that can be implemented by not just those in India, but also other parts of the world, including the typical home gardener. It shares facts, figures, comparisons and solutions that clearly illustrate its message. It is awareness raising not just for environmental reasons, but also for human justice reasons. It educates the viewer about the state of farming in India, the destruction of health and even suicide rates linked to conventional farming methods. It highlights how the gene revolution is destroying today’s plant variety. It even incorporates the application of quantum energy ideas and sacred geometry, and explains how biodynamic farming integrates those.
I loved how the film beautifully brings to light the necessary balance of nature that is needed in all that we do, from how we deal with pests to how we harvest our foods. For example, where you have balanced soils, you don’t have insect attacks, because the plants are balanced. Many people are completely unaware of this and have the conditioned belief that insects always attack plants, and some form of spraying or chemical intervention is needed. But we have to understand that biologically this makes so much sense as just like our immune system, plants have their own defense systems. And just like our bodies work optimally and stay healthy, being able to ward off invaders when nourished and cared for optimally, so do plants.
As for Peter Proctor, I was so pleased to be acquainted with this highly inspirational being. It was beautiful to hear that he lives by being the change he wishes to see. This resonates with me so much as I follow the same path in my life through all that I do. As I mentioned, it is not easy to look outside and see what is happening on our planet today in how we are poisoning our Earth, and in turn our food, and in turn ourselves. However Peter’s approach is honorable and something we should each practice—to focus on the solution, rather than the problem. Peter is not naive as to what is happening and how powerful the biotech and chemical companies are, but he is choosing to be part of the solution, rather than sit by and focus on the problem. Now, well into his 80’s Peter continues to teach, travel throughout India and spread his highly valuable wisdom to as many as he can, changing the landscape of India’s farming. It is also excellent to see how Peter’s work is not only sustainable, but touches the human being on a deeper level, enabling in them self-realization and self-determination.
In conclusion, we definitely have our work cut out for us if we are going to turn things around and heal our Earth back to health. However, it was clear to me by watching this film that biodynamic farming is definitely one of the best solutions that can benefit so many, long term. It truly takes into account everything from having environmental quality and consistently high yields of food production, to human health and freedom. It is an outstanding film for our times and very much needed as more and more people awaken to the necessity of both, becoming self sustainable and helping to heal our world.
It is therefore a wonderful pleasure to support this film, share Peter’s honorable work, and recommend it to others.
Sustainable agriculture, farming that is not controlled by corporate agendas is the key to a harmonious society.
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To View One Man, One Cow, One Planet
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