About Us

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During the Industrial Revolution western civilisation left the rails of sustainability. Late last century the consequences became concerning to the well-informed, but their assessments were downplayed. Now, recuperation is no longer an option, the journey to collapse has been chosen. A full account of the damage which their mindlessness disregard has caused would be a shock to the voting populace, if they cared enough to lift their gaze. Their institutionalisation remains a primary concern.

Several vulnerabilities are building. We expect the trigger to be a global food crisis, 2024-2032. The collapsing world population will bring much needed relief to the environment, and nature’s abundance will recover in a surprisingly short time. Hopefully the attitudes and institutions which underlie the present global situation will not carry over. This is also a primary concern.

If there comes an opportunity to restructure the framework of power within a Global Cooperative Forum we must be prepared, practised and organised ready for it, or doom all life to Groundhog Days of re-runs. That is why Peasants NZ encourages learning about the attitudes and arrangements that brought all this pass.

The long-term solution we foster is for people who are interested in these issues to join forces, to sow the seeds of a new society born of a commitment to sustainable living. This needs a different type of food-land-people assemblage where ordinary people can integrate their lives around the land that feeds them. We called it Agrarian Rural Urban Synthesis (AgRUS).


We draw attention to AgRUS as a
future-ready, inter-generational solution.


What’s next …

  1. Read: The Abundance Manifesto
  2. Trail: Why the Food System Must be Changed
  3. Join: Landsakes !
  4. Get busy … pick a project
  5. Upcoming …The Principles of Sustainability
  6. Watch: Timeline toward human annihilation – Guy McPherson (2017)

Ross Scholes

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Founder, Peasants NZ
BSc.(Geology); Nat.Res.Mgt.(PGDip); Dev.Studies.(PGDip)

 – Associate Editor; NZ Soil & Health magazine (6 years) || Development Consultant; sustainable forestry, project management & evaluation, village water supply & sanitation projects (8 years, Solomon Islands) || Garden designer & horticultural adviser (ongoing).

As to its etymology, the word peasant derives from the French for country(side) – pays, as opposed to cité: hence the dichotomy of paysan and citizen.
Intending it as an aspersion is uniquely English, possibly as scorn for activists during the French Revolution, considered by many at the time as a cause underpinned by Masonic Illuminism.
In Spanish the equivalent word, campesina (from campiña), carries the feminine gender and is used internationally by the global peasant and food sovereignty movement La Via Campesina.