9 meals from anarchy…for real!

Here's the thing. Agriculture's share of development spend has collapsed from around 17% to just THREE per cent...in ...

April 24, 2009

Here’s the thing.

Agriculture’s share of development spend has collapsed from around 17% to just THREE per cent…in barely twenty years…

Now don’t get me wrong – urbanisation is a great idea.  Instrumental in China; partially successful in Brasil; and collossally underexploited in India.  But it isn’t the answer to sustainable prosperity and quality of life on a crowded planet.  

We have to rewind a little.  We have to maintain a pervasive and universal commitment to agriculture.  We need, I think, a commitment to reruralisation – to knowledge-based agriculture!  

Renewable energy may eventually fuel our cars (via fuel cells) but it will never feed the planet.  But we have, as yet, no good alternative to our present unsustainable food sources.  Our food supply is dangerously fragile.

IMHO, we must move beyond an expedient and exploitative ‘sustainability’ to genuine symbiosis.  I’ve been a committed advocate of organic in the past.  And I still see the ‘harmonious’ value of organic approaches. 

Social, or systemic sustainability is perhaps more pressing now that environmental balancing…

We must fix both.  But we need a much more solid evidence-base on which to make our decisions.

Above all, we need to produce a better system of accountability for sustainable development…



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