Developing a Marxist approach to global agriculture: A primer on the role of animals in maintaining soil health

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by David Walters

All progress in capitalist agriculture is a progress in the art, not only of robbing the worker, but of robbing the soil…. Capitalist production, therefore, only develops the techniques and the degree of combination of the social process of production by simultaneously undermining the original sources of all wealth—the soil and the worker.”

Karl Marx, Capital, Vol. 1, Chapter on “Machinery and Large-Scale Industry”


Issues and terms covered in this essay, in part:

  • adaptive multi-paddock grazing

  • mob-grazing

  • intensive rotational grazing

  • holistic management

  • regenerative/restorative agriculture

  • no till farming

  • cover cropping

  • agro-ecology


These are all terms that are overlapping concepts dealing with
mimicking nature to restore the land, grow food and ending the negative effects of climate change due to factory farming  [technically called “Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations or CAFOs].

Story at-a-glance

  • Adaptive multi-paddock (AMP) grazing is a certain type of rotational grass fed farming that allows…

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