'Life in Syntropy': Creating Systems For Abundance


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This short film was presented at COP21 in Paris, it explains how Syntropic Agriculture is changing eroded areas in Brazil, and how the work and passion of one man is changing lives around the world. Agroforestry is the bases of this syntropic agriculture, by trying to emulate what nature is doing already and thinning of the trees to use as mulch wonderful things start happening to the soil. Great short little film worth the watch.

"Life in Syntropy" is the new short film from Agenda Götsch made specially to be presented at COP21 - Paris. This film put together some of the most remarkable experiences in Syntropic Agriculture, with brand new images and interviews.

Changing the point of view can be an attitude seemingly simple, but it has always been what’s guided the most revolutionary transformations we know. Consider a scientist dedicated to genetic enhancement, seeking fodder plant genotypes more resistant to diseases. Now imagine the same scientist questioning if the answers he’s looking for could be in the opposite direction of his research. "Couldn’t we achieve better result if we look for models of cultivation that provide favorable conditions for good growth of plants, rather than create genotypes that support the mistreatment to which we submit them?" Götsch. That was how the thinking about Syntropic Agriculture came into the research and life of Ernst Götsch, Swiss born in 1948.

In the 70s, Götsch develops his early studies of complex crop systems in areas in northern Switzerland and southern Germany. Always pursuing the path of multi-species consortia, he tested for example the ancient traditions of planting corn with beans, but also experimented with new associations such as wheat and pea or raspberry, apple and cherry, among others. From the harvest’s success begins to emerge the idea of organism. The idea of organism brought the idea of cooperation, and from there,succession, systems, and many other concepts that underlie the philosophy and technique of this farmer and researcher, in the deepest meaning of both words.

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