I had mentioned the Rio+20 Dialogues in a previous post and today I want to share with you all my personal recommendation to the Dialogues:
Agroforestry in combination with education to local farmers, incentivizing and monitoring governmental systems like REDD and a strengthened, regulated or overseen network of information for consumers to be better informed about products they are buying/ consuming and how they were grown.
Meat (beef) consumption is on the raise globally. I believe that it will continue to increase as the global population grows. Instead of fighting the consumption or ignoring it, I purpose that we as a global community should work with the raise in demand by teaching and incentivizing more holistic practices of agriculture, specifically in this case, Agroforestry with a focus on Silvopasture.
This I believe should be from the ground level up, insuring first that local communities are feed before their crops are exported to other communities, which, I believe, could also, in the long run, help to significantly decrease world hunger.
First with the help of locally based NGOs (who best know the needs, abilities of and issues facing the communities they are serving) and second with the help a larger more cohesive, noncompetitive properly networked group of global NGOs, possible global agriculture teaching and education programs (ATEPs) could be established by the UN with teachers like peacekeepers being sent worldwide to educate communities as to how best use their land by implementing more sustainable practices. They would teach things along the lines of how to build wells, how to harvest rainfall, how to grow produce using organic methods, how to properly filter water, what crops grow best on their particular lands, agroforestry practices, how to get their government’s assistance once governments have assistance in place and finally how to sell surplus crops to others.
I also believe that technology and a global effort to attempt to connect every region to a faster internet is crucial. This in combination with better literacy education worldwide could help communities in areas, where no UN teachers could be sent, gain access to information concerning implementation of more sustainable agriculture practices. Also they would have access to information on how to apply for government incentives/assistance, once they are in place and how to sell their surplus crops to other communities. While consumers would easily be able to access information concerning how what they are consuming is grown.
Please feel free to add to, correct or expound any of this recommendation and resubmit. I see this as an open source frame for a possible long term sustainable structure. This is not my idea. Hopefully it is ours.
If you like/agree with my recommendation, you can support it here, Agroforestry in combination with education to local farmers, incentivizing and monitoring governmental systems like REDD and a strengthened, regulated or overseen network of information for consumers to be better informed about products they are buying/ consuming and how they were grown. – Chesney H..
If you don’t like my recommendation, I still urge you to sign up and participate in the Rio+20 Dialogues. I believe that dissemination of ideas and civil discourse combined with local action are very important ingredients to a more sustainable future for us all.