Dear Friends

We must wake up before it’s too late!

From the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), in their Trade and Environment Review Journal 2013, comes the article: WAKE UP BEFORE ITS TOO LATE—Making agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climate.

Developing and developed countries alike need a paradigm shift in agricultural development: from a “green revolution” to a “truly ecological intensification” approach. This implies a rapid and significant shift from conventional, monoculture-based and high external-input-dependent industrial production towards mosaics of sustainable, regenerative production systems that also considerably improve the productivity of small-scale farmers. We need to see a move from a linear to a holistic approach in agricultural management, which recognizes that a farmer is not only a producer of agricultural goods, but also a manager of an agro-ecological system that provides quite a number of public goods and services (e.g. water, soil, landscape, energy, biodiversity, and recreation).

Looks like Chipotles Mexican Grill fast food chain got the message loud and clear.  Here are two absolutely brilliant aminated short videos, produced by them, shining the spotlight on Big Farma, etc.  If you haven’t seen them you’re in for a treat.  


There is hope my friends and this is where it starts—with the food system—and getting it right all over the world; and, eco-agricultural principles are its leading edge.  Tracking with the trail of links above will illuminate your path forward.  See you on the road.

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

 

Clinical Notes:

Don’t forget to take garlic with you on your travels.  It is such a powerful, well-researched antimicrobial herb, and over the years I have many times discussed its medicinal features and benefits within our Forward Thinking. Here’s a link for you:  Garlic.  For the most thorough discussions scroll down to the newsletters entitled:  

  • Garlic- a World Travelers Best Friend
  • Garlic- a Superior Antimicrobial
  • Organic Garlic Part 2
  • Organic Garlic Part 3.   

The Last Quiz Answer:

Can you feel the sheer power of these two ladies and the guy to their left.  I captured this photo from the fantastic BBC video series Planet Earth.  Shortly after this scene the Planet Earth team filmed a rare event of a very hungry pride of lions taking down a young adult elephant.


PBS News last Friday night sited the recent UN landmark report on climate change, declaring that scientists are more certain than ever that climate change is happening and it’s caused by human activity.

Last week The Climate Reality Project launched their new digital experience, What I Love that helps link people together worldwide around the things they love, and how global warming will take all of that away unless we do something.