Yet, there is a great amount of food we waste while a greater percentage of the global population goes hungry (source). Most of our food is already genetically modified and/or covered in pesticide in order to increase yield and meet demand. Thanks to rapid urbanization and globalization, food now travels the greater distance before it reaches our plate than ever before (Read: Food miles). And higher consumption of processed and packaged food is only further depleting human health.
“Each year the US population spends more money on diets than the amount needed to feed all the hungry people in the rest of the world.”
― Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Fortunately for us, there are many more food movements around the world now that are striving to re-establish this connection with our soil and our food. Initiatives such as Slow Food, Farm to Table, Rainbow of Hope, The Permaculture Project, etc have all been initiated to advocate for a more sustainable food culture, emphasising on better agricultural practices through lower chemical use, supporting local farmers and providing a better understanding of what we eat - starting with where our food comes from.
By focusing on the basics all these great initiatives believe that we can indeed rebuild the connection with our land and earth, and solve several problems: food security, food safety, food waste, as well as the environmental issues arising out of our industrial systems.
At Green Drinks 111th Monthly Sustainability Forum, join us for an evening with Wayne Weiseman where we will be exploring and discussing:
- What are alternative ways of growing food to feed the growing population?
- How can we redesign our urban environment for a healthier and more organic lifestyle?
- How can individuals in the city reconnect with their land and food?
About the Speakers
Roger Mu, Founder & CEO, Farmonize
Background: Roger Mu is founder and CEO of Farmonize. He is an sustainable farming expert, with experience in hydroponics, aquaponics, artificial environments, composting and poultry farming. He is a prominent figure of the urban farming scene in Shanghai since 2013 that has led dozens of workshops and taught hundreds of students about farming/gardening topics. He is also the leader of the urban farming section in Xinchejian, China's first hackerspace.
Wayne Weiseman, Founder, The Permaculture Project
Background: Wayne Weiseman is a permaculture teacher, designer, consultant and author. He lives in Carbondale, Illinois with his wife, Frances and daughter, Halima. He was certified to teach permaculture by Bill Mollison, the founder of permaculture, in 1999. Wayne has taught hundreds of Permaculture Design Courses around the world. He has served as a consultant and lecturer to educators, school administrators, business leaders, and others internationally. For 15 years Wayne managed a land-based, self-reliant community project combining organic crop/food production, ecologically-built shelter, renewable energy and appropriate technologies.
Wayne founded The Permaculture Project LLC in 2001 as a permaculture design and education services company. It is based in Carbondale, Illinois, USA. The Permaculture Project LLC provides education, design and consulting services worldwide focused on implementing land and structure designs based on the principles and ethics of permaculture. We use appropriate tools and technologies that create positive and ethical lifestyle changes, sustain rather than diminish resources, harmonize relations between ecological and human systems, and stabilize these systems for future generations.
Wayne is a co-author of an authoritative book on integrated forest gardening and plant guilds that was published in August, 2014.
This talk is part of a comprehensive series of events, talks, workshops and trainings with visiting Permaculture Expert, Wayne Weiseman, between 28 June to 10 July, in collaboration with the Rainbow of Hope.