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Understanding the Roots of the Food Crises and Preventing Future Crises: Resilience and a Deep Dive

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Note: All of our ongoing crises are a direct result of one crisis: We are part of nature. We are not separate from nature. And in the natural world, everything is connected to everything. The roots of the trees are connected to the soil. The soil is connected to the lakes, river and the oceans. The oceans are connected to the fish and to the clouds and the sun. When we breach the universal laws of nature, we experience the consequences of failed decision making. Remember, everything is connected to everything. When we learn and understand that, we can make our decisions and policies, systems services and create the type of world we want. Otherwise, it’s more of the same crisis after crisis after crisis. Time to make a decision:

A growing culture recently held a global food forum.  What you will see is the results of the conversation.

 

00:00:0000:04:24 Introduction about the Forum and the theme: resilience in a food crisis.

00:04:2500:22:03 Speaker # 1: Jon Jandai, Thamturakit Farmers in Thailand are leading their own revolution in agriculture. Contrary to conventional agriculture, Thamturakit puts farmer self-sufficiency first, removes dependencies on harmful inputs, and creates affordable access to organic foods and meals. Learn more what this alternative, sustainable model in agriculture looks like.

00:22:3000:25:34 Question & Answer for Jon: How do the results compare between organic farming vs. conventional farming? How does Pun Pun work with students and those who come to learn? How does Jon Jandai convince people to switch to organic/sustainable agriculture?

00:30:1000:32:02 Debal Deb on monoculture vs. biodiverse farms

00:32:0300:45:34 Speaker #2: Lama Khatieb, Zikra Initiative / Al-Barakeh Lama Khatieb is a dentist by trade but a farmer by blood. She works to return her community to its ancestral roots of producing their own wheat. While Jordan has a rich history of wheat production, today, it depends on imports for 97% of its grains. Lama is leading a collective of families, farmers and businesses, to turn empty urban areas into wheat fields, restoring Jordan’s ancestral food knowledge and food sovereignty. These wheat varieties are climate resilient, rain-fed, and have adapted to grow in the arid climate.

00:45:3500:55:00 Question & Answer for Lama: What is the current status of dependency on imports? Does the farming in Al-Barakeh use chemicals? Why is community self-sufficiency crucial? How does the wheat grown in the Al-Barakeh project support families’ livelihoods? And more.

00:55:0101:13:42 Speaker #3 Debal Deb, Basudha Farm / Vrihi Known as India’s rice warrior, Debal Deb leads Vrihi Seed Bank in conserving 1,485 Indigenous varieties of rice on a modest 1.7 acre farm. These include varieties with climate resilient properties (drought, floods, up to 3 months submersion), and high nutritional value. Debal unpacks how India lost many of its 110,000 varieties of rice, why biodiversity is crucial to resilience, and much more.

01:13:4201:23:19 Question & Answer for Debal: What went wrong in Sri Lanka’s attempt to go organic, how could they have made the conversion successfully? How does Indigenous rice compare to fortified rice? Why is India’s gov moving ahead with fortified rice? How can farmers have more income security?

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