2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

Permaculture & the Two-Wheeled Revolution
Jonathan C. Lessing
Dr. Elaine McDuff and Dr. Michael I. Kelrick, Faculty Mentors

Permaculture & the Two-Wheeled Revolution is an essay I wrote about a journey from Kirksville, MO to Oklahoma City, OK. I covered 1,100 hundred miles on my bicycle last semester, traveling south through the Ozark Mountains, into Arkansas, and west to Oklahoma City. Along the way I visited four different organic farms. I spent time living and working at each of these farms, all of which varied greatly in ideology and purpose. In the essay I discussed the shortcomings of our current food production systems; covering the history, environmental costs, and social costs of such an industrial system. After identifying the problem I offered a solution; a solution that I drew from my experiences along the road as well as research. I have learned the values of human powered travel along with skills in Permaculture and sustainable agriculture and will share some of these ideas in my presentation.

Keywords: Permaculture, Sustainable Agriculture, Industrial Agriculture, Bicycle Touring, Simplicity

Agricultural Science
Environmental Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 12-3
Location: MG 2050
Time: 8:30

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