This book is about the invisible or subtle nature of food and farming, and also about the nature of existence. Everything that we know (and do not know) about the physical world has a subtle counterpart which has been scarcely considered in modernist farming practice and research. If you think this book isn’t for you, if it appears more important to attend to the pressing physical challenges the world is facing before having the luxury of turning to such subtleties, then think again. For it could be precisely this worldview – the one prioritises the physical-material dimension of reality - that helped get us into this situation in the first place. Perhaps we need a different worldview to get us out?

This book makes a foundational contribution to the discipline of Subtle Agroecologies, a nexus of indigenous epistemologies, multidisciplinary advances in wave-based and ethereal studies, and the science of sustainable agriculture. Not a farming system in itself, Subtle Agroecologies superimposes a non-material dimension upon existing, materially-based agroecological farming systems. Bringing together 43 authors from 12 countries and five continents, from the natural and social sciences as well as the arts and humanities, this multi-contributed book introduces the discipline, explaining its relevance and potential contribution to the field of Agroecology.

Research into Subtle Agroecologies may be described as the systematic study of the nature of the invisible world as it relates to the practice of agriculture, and to do this through adapting and innovating with research methods, in particular with those of a more embodied nature, with the overall purpose of bringing and maintaining balance and harmony. Such research is an open-minded inquiry, its grounding being the lived experiences of humans working on, and with, the land over several thousand years to the present. By reclaiming and reinterpreting the perennial relationship between humans and nature, the implications would revolutionise agriculture, heralding a new wave of more sustainable farming techniques, changing our whole relationship with nature to one of real collaboration rather than control, and ultimately transforming ourselves.


Introduction to the Book

ByJulia Wright
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part Section 1|97 pages

Transformative Epistemological, Philosophical and Theoretical Frameworks

chapter 1|18 pages

Re-Enchanting Agriculture

Farming with the Hidden Half of Nature
ByJulia Wright
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chapter 2|18 pages

From the Mainstreaming of Western Science to the Co-Evolution of Different Sciences

Addressing Cognitive Injustice
ByBertus Haverkort
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chapter 3|10 pages

Conversations with Nature Spirits

The Political Ecology of Power and Progress in Rural Zimbabwe
ByGeorgina McAllister, Mike Zeddy Chikukwa
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chapter 4|10 pages

The Forgotten Ground

Recollecting the Primordial Harmony
ByJoseph Milne
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chapter 5|11 pages

Humans Are Humus

Using Eco-Psychology to Highlight the Language of Dualism and the Promise of the Non-Dual
ByTravis Cox
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chapter 6|9 pages

A New Science from a Historical Figure

Goethe as Holistic Scientist
ByIsis Brook
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chapter 7|8 pages

From Quantum Biology Towards Quantum Consciousness

ByJack Tuszyński
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chapter 8|9 pages

Healing Our Relationship with Gaia through a New Thrivability Paradigm

ByAnneloes Smitsman, Jude Currivan
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part Section 2|90 pages

The Intersection of Wave-Based Science and Agriculture

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chapter 10|11 pages

Practical Uses of the Method of Epigenetic Regulation of Protein Synthesis in the Agricultural Field

ByVictor Prévost, Michel Duhamel, Pedro Ferrandiz, Joël Sternheimer
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chapter 11|8 pages

Astronomical Rhythms in Biodynamic Agriculture

A Brazilian Case Study on the Yield and Quality of Daucus carota L. under Biodynamic Management
ByPedro Jovchelevich
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chapter 13|10 pages

Homeopathy Applied to Agriculture

Theoretical and Practical Considerations with Examples from Brazil
ByPedro Boff, Rovier Verdi, Leonardo Felipe Faedo
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chapter 14|11 pages

Effect of Low-Power Laser Biotechnology Pretreatment on Shooting and Initial Growth of White Mulberry and Sugarcane under Flood Stress

BySergio Rodríguez Rodríguez, Eduardo Ortega Delgado, Juan José Silva Pupo, Alexander Álvarez Fonseca, Medardo Ángel Ulloa Enríquez, Luis Enrique Arias Basulto
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chapter 15|11 pages

Fluorescence Excitation Spectroscopy (FES) to Evaluate the Farming System's Impact on Food Quality

ByJenifer Wohlers, Peter Stolz, Gudrun Mende, Jürgen Strube
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chapter 16|10 pages

Picturing Vitality, the Crystallisation Fingerprint Method

ByPaul Doesburg
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part Section 3|68 pages

In Search of More Embodied Methodologies

chapter 17|11 pages

Calibrating the Body

Embodied Research Strategies for Attuning to Subtle Information
ByEline Kieft
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chapter 18|16 pages

The Art of Food Rituals as a Practice in Sympoiethics

ByMiche Fabre Lewin, Flora Gathorne-Hardy
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chapter 19|9 pages

The Systemic Constellations Method Applied to Agriculture

ByMelissa Roussopoulos
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chapter 20|9 pages

Engaging in the Goethean Method

An Approach for Understanding the Farm?
ByIsis Brook
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chapter 21|8 pages

Intuitive Farming

Heart-Based Decisions for Harmony in Agricultural Ecosystems
BySaskia G. von Diest
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part Section 4|66 pages

Voices from the Field

chapter 24|9 pages

The Subtle Life of the Bee and Its Importance for Humanity

BySabrina Menestrina
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chapter 25|13 pages

Exploring a Dynamic Role for Water in Agriculture

BySimon Charter
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chapter 26|11 pages

Land Whispering

Practical Applications of Consciousness and Subtle Energy Awareness in Agriculture
ByPatrick MacManaway
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chapter 27|10 pages

Rediscovering Ancient Pathways for Regenerative Agriculture

ByCharles Massy
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chapter 28|8 pages

Experiences with the Metaphysics of Nature

ByMichael J. Roads
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chapter |12 pages

Biography of Contributors

ByMichael J. Roads
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