Sitting by spontaneous Jackass Bitter and Chaya plants while MMRF founder Chris Nesbitt explains me we're sitting on top of an ancient Maya plaza.
The density of the Maya population in this unexplored ruin is calculated to have been of 1000 people, just by merely counting the number of stone houses that are partially visible while being buried underneath the wild spontaneous vegetation.
So many more people would likely live in wooden huts, as most Ketche Maya people still live today, but no trace of those is left behind.
Still, as we walked down, we find so many traces of ancient human settlement, arrowheads, maya pottery, pestars.. Chris explains me that the riches of the Maya culture could have only been possible by diversified crops, as corn alone wouldnt have provided the calories for building houses, roads and temples at such height and grandeur.
It's nice to think and talk in calories expenditures/ gain as opposed to money.
And I am reminded again that what we call culture of a society is really what that society cultivates and the type of land it produces.
The only way for a diverse and integrated society is through a massive shift in our farming, from monoculture to permaculture, allowing for variety and integration between the species.
Life is still in the jungle, while everything moves. Overall equilibrium reigns between plants and wildlife species, not one specie taking over the other, not one specie growing too fast at the expense of the other.
Jungle speed is a healthy reminder of how things are meant to be moving, and I like it so much.
Seeing Chris planting Mahogany trees , which are due to be full grown in 50 years time, while he's surely not going to be there, is both heart warming and hope bringing. Over 150 birds and 300 plant species are to be found in the agroforestry and permaculture farm, what once used to be a monoculture land heavily damaged by citrus and cattle farming.
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