Two distantly related links here, first would be LibriVox, the online, volunteer-based audiobook library that hopes to achieve recording every book in the public domain. Feeling lazy and literary tonight? Hear a book…

I found this by looking up Peter Kropotkin’s classic, “The Conquest of Bread”, his reflections on history, economics and revolution. I’d been meaning to read it for years and hadn’t gotten around to it, and though the guy reading it has a very thick French accent (perhaps more appropriate for Proudhon or Guy Deboard), it’s still a great listen. It’s truly frightening how many large sections of this book could have been written last year, rather than a century ago.

The Conquest of Bread by Peter Kropotkin(Librivox)

And secondly, because the central message of Kropotkin’s book is so valid – there can be no revolution without bread for the masses, I figured I’d leave ya with some scientific data about current attempts to breed a perennial grain-crop which wouldn’t need to be re-tilled or planted for years. Like your lawn (also a grass/grain), it would still need some energy to set up, but then yields grass clippings for years with next to nothing but water and sunlight. While vegetables, meat and dairy are all quite do-able in an average-sized backyard in amounts which could knock a serious chunk of your family’s yearly grocery bill, staple carbohydrate crops (especially protein-rich ones like wheat, instead of the easier-to harvest Corn and Potatoes I grow) still require an enormous amount of land, machinery and chemicals. Perennial wheat crops live through whole seasons and develop very large, strong root networks which hold the soil together, prevent erosion and removes much of the need for tilling, fertilizers and pesticides, as well as re-seeding.

Land Institute Study(pdf)