I know this is a chronicle of our efforts toward sustainability. I blog here about farming issues. Well, we’ll get to that. I want to tell you about the new Total Recall. It was so bad I’m going to rant about it on my farming blog. I’ll bring this back around to farming in a little bit so just bear with me.
I haven’t read Phillip K. Dick’s version of the story. (I did attempt Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep recently.) Of course I saw the version that came out when I was a kid. That version was also terrible but in a lovable sort of way plus I tend to like Verhoeven’s work. I mean, if you want to go see it, by all means, go see it but go in knowing it’s Len Wiseman’s best effort to make a Michael Bay movie. You’ll see 110 minutes of explosions, gunfire and rediculous technology with about 8 minutes of attempted, unsuccessful plot. I mean, how the heck can you climb a ladder when you’re on a structure that is accelerating out of a gravity well? But, without giving anything away, let’s look at the premise. The earth has been reduced to two habitable regions; roughly Britain and Australia. They are connected by an elevator. Yes, an elevator…going through the core of the earth. The rest of the world is a wasteland brought on by chemical warfare. Then <SPOILER> our hero kisses the girl, shoots some people, some stuff blows up and they all live happily ever after. Nevermind the fact that you’re transporting slaves 8,000 miles through the Earth every day to build robots instead of just building them where the slaves are. Has no one studied basic economics?</Spoiler>
So back to chemical warfare. Now, I’m sure they took certain liberties with PKD’s writing though, again, I haven’t read his work. What if they had said, “Chemical Farming destroyed the world.”? How awesome would that be? I mean, on their map North and South America are totally uninhabitable. Africa, gone. Asia, poisoned and uninhabitable. We’re not talking about Nuclear fallout like in On the Beach, we’re talking clouds of poison that somehow don’t come into the inhabited areas, though they are in the suburbs… Anyway, it would be much more fun to retain Britain and Australia as the last habitable areas because permaculture activists preserved and maintained the soil fertility and improved the water cycle while the rest of the planet fell prey to the evil machinations of agricultural chemical companies (Mwa ha ha!) with or without the elevator through the core of the planet.
Anyway, don’t poison the planet with your chemicals. Work to improve the hydrological cycle of your land, improve biodiversity and, as a consequence, increase soil fertility. And if you have a hankering to see Total Recall, see the one about terraforming Mars instead of the one about the elevator.