History books are full of stories about the decline and fall of many great nations. Soil decline was always the start of the fall. Poor soils result in failure of the economy and then the defence system. But if history were closely studied and the truth were known, you would find it was really decline of the mind that made the difference – and the mind begins to decline as soon as the soil begins to produce food that is empty of nutrients.
a Clean development mechanism for nutrient dense food production, agricultural land reform and production of biofuel and nutriceuticals in Africa.
An interview by Liza van der Merwe with Johan Bruwer
Johan Bruwer is a resource and agricultural economist based in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga for the last 15 years. During this time he has grappled with issues regarding sustainability of modern agricultural practices, or the lack thereof. Not perturbed by his less successful attempt to persuade the Mpumalanga Provincial Government to adopt an agricultural clean development mechanism (agCDM) as a central theme in their 2006 sector development strategy, he decided to initiate a biological farming trial at the Nelspruit-based Timbali Technology Incubator.