Key lessons learned:
- that small - medium sized mixed farms that encourage high biodiversity are the most productive when it comes to broad nutritional value.
- that villages and neighbourhoods represent the appropriate scale for effective human relations.
- the level of urbanization resulting from failure of the so called "green" revolution.
- the dis-inclination for governments, no matter how much they pay lip service to the goal of de-centralization, to implement autonomy for bioregions.
- urban and suburban organic gardens
What works best:
- mainstream permaculture principles, re-create productive ecosystems
- get children reconnected to wilderness,
we will never address the predicament of hunger and malnutrition as long as we stay on the treadmill of "feeding" the growing population.
The 1st Law of Ecology: All life on earth is food.
The 2nd Law of Ecology: Population size is proportional to food availability.
Every year for the past 6,000 years aggreculture (sic) [waging war on biodiversity to grow humans' favourite foods] has produced a food surplus which has fueled the explosion of the human biome at the expense of other species and ecosystems services.
Let the UN and the WTO put a cap on food production and make sure every human gets an equal share. The population will stabalize in a decade. Then start to bring down production to reduce the population to the carrying capacity of the planet.
This thematic discussion was led by FAO and WFP in collaboration with “The World We Want”.
The consultation was facilitated by the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum)