by Dr. Vard Gainor
I recently had the pleasure of reviewing the movie "Back to Eden," which returns us to, and reveals God's way of bringing forth His provision verses man's way. In essence "tending" verses "plowing and breaking." I had a particular interest in reviewing this film since I hold advanced degrees in agriculture, specializing in the chemistry of cereal grains. I also served as a senior manager in the food industry for 25 years covering areas from basic research to the "Food For Peace" Program. During this time I was always concerned about the diminishing returns and the short-sightedness of mankind's efforts. It seemed that our present-day concepts of corporate agriculture and processed food based on chemical growth regulators and herbicides, in addition to molecular modifications to basic foods, were slowly bringing mankind into bondage. Mankind's efforts were creating new problems without solutions.Viewing "Back to Eden" by ProVisions Productions was an incredible revelation of the simplicity and power of following God's path to health and abundance. The simplicity of using wood (twig and leaf) chips to cover the land to restore health instead of breaking and exposing the land was a concept I had never thought of before. I believed in mulching tilled land, but had never considered wood chips as a top-dressing for untilled land. The results speak for themselves. "Back to Eden" is a pathway where man can be restored to tending the garden instead of operating under the curse of tilling the land.
"Back to Eden" is a smooth-flowing documentary that is captivating from the first minute to the last. It moves from presenting the concept of wood chipping through answering questions most gardeners would have. It is also filled with revelation concerning God's creation that many of us do not consider due to our education and traditions. I found "Back to Eden" refreshing and fast-moving even though it has a gentle cadence throughout. This is a movie that needs to be seen by anyone who is concerned about future food availability and safety.