Filmmaker's Notes from Marcy

"The Law Of Return," words straight from the mouth of Wes Jackson, founder of The Land Institute that is developing perennial grain species that build soil through their deep roots. And that is just for starters! "Talk about a forest or a prairie as a real economy. All the bills get paid, there's no soil erosion beyond natural replacement levels, no introduction of chemicals that are human made. Why is it that economy works, and what are the rules of that economy? Well, there is a so called law of return. Whatever falls off of a tree and goes to the forest floor is picked up again as nutrients. So if you are growing corn in Iowa, where is the law of return? There is no law of return that is meaningful in the corn fields of Iowa. If people are in denial about the importance of law of return then what do you do about that?" - Wes Jackson

 Wes Jackson filmed at The Land Institute   

Wes Jackson filmed at The Land Institute