As I intend to use borax to help preserve wood and canvas I am concerned about it's toxicity to plants:
Boron is an essential micronutrient which means it is essential for plant growth and development, but is required in very small quantities. Although Boron requirements vary among crops, the optimum boron content of the leaves for most crops is 20-100 ppm . . . Typical applications of actual boron are about 1.1 kg/hectare or 1.0 lb/acre but optimum levels of boron vary with plant type.
Unless used in small amounts -- such as 1/2 teaspoon in a gallon of water -- Borax is toxic to plants. . . . Or mix 1/2 cup of borax in a gallon of water and apply to the base of weeds to act as a liquid herbicide on the roots.
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Growing of cotton uses a lot of valuable water, unless organic masses of biocides and even when fairtrade mostly exploits the relatively poor.
. . . the whole cotton industry is one of the most toxic industries on the planet! (In the top 5). The cultivation of cotton requires enormous quantities of toxic chemicals, in the form of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers. This cotton is sourced from India, so . . . the soil, air, water and people in India are being polluted. Not only that, the finished canvas is then imported to . . .
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Flax could be fitted in well with small-scale farming and indeed as a crop was considered as providing useful employment for labourers during quieter periods in the farming year. It was a labour intensive crop, well-illustrated by the estimate that 1 acre of flax needed 82 man days for weeding, far more than other crops, such as rye needing the least at 21 days. It also depleted the soil with 19thC writers recommending it ought not to be grown in the same soil more than once every 10 years.
. . . The widely accepted yield of 50 stones (sts) of usable fibres per acre of flax . . .
50st > 700lb > 700yds2 (585m2) of 16oz canvas > 778m2 of 12oz
700lb = 318Kg so I'd need to efficiently grow approx 490sq yds to get 32kg (22 x 22)yds (20 x 20)m2
Write-up on hemp to come? Maybe!
Whoa! Some say being vegan was a big enough trip and that Veganic Agriculture was for the hard core. Yet there's more below the surface, like an iceberg. Then as the heart warms there is only the ocean. Oops! sounds a lot like global warming.
Just to clarify, that foraging, although not agriculture though could be an ascetic move, is not in itself ascetic when it is a means of survival.
Is the cultivation of food minimally as the whole idea of being a consumer is anti spirit. The notion that death is to be avoided by consumption is the bane of intellect.
Some have embraced veganism being uncomfortable exploiting and consuming dumb animals, but it's ok to consume even dumber plants?The asceticmay practice veganism or fruitarianism but the focus is not on the quality of the food nor the consequence of it's production on the greater environment but that the idea of eating denigrates the notion that life is eternal and cannot be maintained by consumption.
For more than twelve years the Venerable Ascetic Mahivira neglected his body and abandoned the care of it; he with equanimity bore, underwent, and suffered all pleasant or unpleasant occurrences arising from divine powers, men, or animals.
wikipedia.org :: Asceticism#Jainism
Fukuoka called his agricultural philosophy shizen nōhō (自然農法), most commonly translated into English as "natural farming" . . . also referred to as "the Fukuoka Method", "the natural way of farming" or "Do-Nothing Farming".
The system is based on the recognition of the complexity of living organisms that shape an ecosystem and deliberately exploiting it. Fukuoka saw farming not just as a means of producing food but as an aesthetic and spiritual approach to life, . . . the ultimate goal of which was "the cultivation and perfection of human beings".
wikipedia.org :: Fukuoka
The alternative is to eat until you die, as that will be the end of life and the pleasure of consumption, using:
- Subsistence living so often touted by industry as describing those that get by, by scratching out a living directly from the land, a sort of desperate use of agriculture where the practitioner is just about hanging on, by the skin of their teeth.
- Common Farming (organic or not) Just for money and to feed those that are unwillingly or wantonly without land
- Permaculture The industrious use of land with well devised plans of aesthetic exploitation in harmony with the local environment.