Ballybrado Philosophy

(The way we see ourselves and our company integrated in our society is best expressed by the words of Clare Hope Cummings in her book “Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds”)

We find ourselves at a dramatic turning point for life on earth. Population and consumption are rapidly expanding. Industrial food production is exhausting the planet's basic biological support systems, making them even more vulnerable to the effects of global warming. The natural world is experiencing catastrophic losses of biodiversity, fresh water, and fertile soil.

While all this has been going on, there have been plenty of counter trends. Organic farmers, chefs, urban and rural youth, artists, and activists are all working in their own ways, and sometimes together, to change the way we produce and consume food. New sustainable strategies and green technologies are being created. There are many proven ways to produce food and energy that protect both human health and life of our soil and water while providing for our prosperity. These new agrarians are restoring respect for the skills of the human hand and the ingenuity of the natural world. They're putting culture back into agriculture.

The story of agriculture is often told as the story of human's domination of nature. Now a new story is being told. The new story of agriculture combines the guidance of the old creation myths with the insights of science. We are learning the language of generosity from nature and of tolerance from our experiences in returning to local economies. As we go about searching for ways to return meaning and morality to our lives, and possibly, dare I hope, to political systems, the decision we make now, and the wisdom that we choose to guide us, will make all the difference What's at stake is nothing less than the nature of the future.

Ballybrado House, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, Ireland