Ecopsychology, #Foodchain #Syria farmers #Agriculture #PEACE

I just watched a really great documentary that Harrison Ford and other Hollywood people were in.  As I watched it, and thinking about climate change from all sides, and then thinking about the drought in Syria, and drought and climate change overall, what if we looked backward, and then thought forward along a genogram — the same basic one I have always used…

1914———————————————1950———————————————2014

Here is the documentary:

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brvhCnYvxQQ]

In thinking about this problem overall — I see several interconnected things, a huge corporation, graft and corruption, starving people in refugee camps, drought, and supply and demand.

One problem with science, they are always trying to SOLVE problems, by looking under microscopes and altering things.  This is taking a narrow view in my opinion.

But, my field is Depth Psychology.  So, if we think about James Hillman and his concept of “dis-ease” as a disease, or blight on the landscape how might we rethink this through a far different lens and look at the war torn area first.  That would be Syria — which has suffered a huge, huge drought and led into these problems.

If we are facing a time when climate IS CHANGING all over the world, and if we rethink this in terms of CHANGING the global food chain to adapt to this?

PALM OIL plantations are at the center of this documentary.

PALMS were originally (before modification) grown in desert areas.  Palms grow in the Sahara?  Where it is very dry.  In looking at the agriculture in Syria from the wikipedia:

Until the mid-1970s, agriculture in Syria had been the primary economic activity. At independence in 1946, agriculture (including minor forestry and fishing) was the most important sector of the economy, and in the 1940s and early 1950s, agriculture was the fastest growing sector. Wealthy merchants from such urban centers as Aleppo invested in land development and irrigation. Rapid expansion of the cultivated area and increased output stimulated the rest of the economy. However, by the late 1950s, little land that could easily be brought under cultivation remained. During the 1960s, agricultural output stagnated because of political instability and land reform. Between 1953 and 1976, agriculture’s contribution to GDP increased (in constant prices) by only 3.2 percent, approximately the rate of population growth. From 1976 to 1984 growth declined to 2 percent a year. Thus, agriculture’s importance in the economy declined as other sectors grew more rapidly.

I’m watching the and looking at all the refugees and the destroyed landscape, and the dialogue.  It looks like COTTON was the big crop until the 80’s?

Water is a problem.  Could there be desal plants built for the ocean water?

Opinions differ as to the causes of the decline of cultivated and irrigated areas after 1963. Some observers say that marginal lands brought under cultivation proved uneconomical after a few years and were abandoned. Others claim that the merchant developers used exploitative techniques that eventually reduced the productivity of the soil. Still other observers blame land-reform measures, which coincided with the decline of the cultivated and irrigated areas. Each view is probably somewhat valid.

PALM OIL seems to be a pretty valuable thing, no?

Aren’t Palms more suited to arid areas than the areas currently being clear cut that Harrison Ford shows?

Here is what has been grown in Syria.

PROBLEM: The average farmer’s reliance on outdated and inefficient irrigation methods is a major obstacle to improving agricultural outputs. The introduction of drip, sprinkler, and subsurface irrigation methods is handicapped because of the limited amount of money available to the common farmer. Because of these shortcomings, Syria is susceptible to food shortages during long droughts.

It’s obvious that you might END WAR THERE with simple agricultural reforms?  How hard could that be?
Also?  What about trying PALM PLANTATIONS if it is an arid desert there?
Maybe DATE PALMS? FORESTRY IN SYRIA.
The inland mountain ranges are almost entirely deforested. The date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) and the Pistachio tree are the only tree species of the Syrian desert. The latter forms open stands containing only a few trees per hectare, but extending over enormous areas in two places in the Syrian desert: Abd-el-Aaziz mountain in al-Jazira and Bilas mountain in the Palmyra region.[1]
Diet of other countries NEAR SYRIA http://www.foodbycountry.com/
If the PALM OIL DATES grow in the driest regions of the SAHARA?
Why not use that model?  Or at least rethink the foodchain there since 1950 along the genogram.
Palms in Sahara

 

5 thoughts on “Ecopsychology, #Foodchain #Syria farmers #Agriculture #PEACE

  1. Have not seen this documentary. If the inference is that the war in Syria is based on agricultural problems that may be a factor. The war however as most wars is energy based. The Saudis and Qatar want to control the pipelines that Russia controls so basically they sent mercenaries and Al Quaeda to overthrow Assad. Russia also has a warm water port in Syria. The US has added proxy mercenaries along with ” freedom fighters” to support the overthrow of Assad.
    As the US pivots to the far east there will be more destabilization in the Middle East as Russia and China become more predominant players in that region. They will hopefully contend with the Sunnis and the Shi’ites better than we have over the past decades. Europe will have to militarize more as well to deal with the region’s ongoing
    problems once they realize that the US is no longer the proxy army for two main players in the region.
    I could go on and on. But why?
    Recommend you search YouTube
    biomimicry Ted talks. You will enjoy that subject.

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  2. Easter? Geez didn’t know. Should have put that together though. The Cadbury eggs at Walgreens. But they put stuff out earlier and earlier each season.
    Anyway Happy Easter to you! Resurrection time. Beams from distant stars! Which star is yours?
    Just as you. I’ve been on a journey.
    But? I never forget you dear Bonnaire.
    Finished my research. And have emerged from the labyrinth intact! Was there ever any doubt?
    Your genogram. Wonder if historians rewrite history with that in mind. Ultimately we are our own living laboratories.
    Love to talk to you.

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  3. Tried to find a nice Easter vid but? Most not so good. Went on a journey to the past. Easter Sunday in church.
    One of the few Sundays the preacher didn’t read out of the Old Testament.
    As a child I preferred Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. Easter Sunday was when Magdalene was mentioned.
    Anyway. That’s what I was noticing.
    One woman who had the courage
    to be there when all the disciples ran away. According to early historians there would be no Christian Easter without her.

    Sosezi
    Amen Happy Easter

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