Changing the Food System

Trail #1 - Why the Food System Must be Changed

... outlines the issues of the industrial food-production systems and outputs (supermarket food. global warming...). Traditional/local food production systems, while not the problem, are also under considerable threat from it.

#2 - How the Food System Must Change

... investigates what can be done - when city-based community efforts to counter these impacts face overwhelming odds, and good-hearted intention through movements like Permaculture are stunted by land prices.

tractor spraying potato crop

5. Degradation of Biodiversity


  • Environmentally unsustainable technology,
  • The propaganda behind those technologies,
  • The staggering scale of the ensuing problems.

Under human impact the Earth has begun its next mass extinction, losing 100s of species now becoming extinct every day. Our biological support system is like an aircraft in flight that is losing its rivets - critical failure is increasingly inevitable. Indeed the deciding rivets may have already popped.
The industrialisation of agriculture and warfare are the primary causes, directly or indirectly.

Big-Ag is also Big-Seed

Between them the biotech-chemical companies now control over 70% of the world's seed stock. Consequently, in the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared.

Industrial agriculture is also the enabling technology underlying much of the deforestation and land-grabbing.around the world.

Seed: The Untold Story-- (trailer only - 3 min.)

Watch full screen - Post Link

Ecological networks

The importance of species richness is fairly self-evident and a great deal is available online about it. However, the impacts of monocultural farm-deserts is not so well documented. We're still looking...

Can you recommend a good video on this subject.

Meanwhile, we recommend the Khan Academy 'Why is biodiversity important?' 8-part series for an overview of the science on this subject ... see adjacent link.

Ecosystems and ecological networks -- [9 mins.]

Watch on Khan Academy- HERE

The End of Farming in the Fertile Crescent

From the US invasion (1970) Cambodia lost 1000s of its rice varieties.
So when the US invaded Iraq one of it first bombings destroyed the seed vault in Abu Ghraib. Fortunately, most of their important seed varieties had already been shipped to Aleppo for safe-keeping.

Then when war broke out in Syria (2015) most had already been moved to the Svalbard Seed Vault in Norway. These seeds are now safe back in Lebanon and Morocco (2016).

The End of Farming in the Fertile Crescent -- [3 mins.]

Clarification - Iraq's new patent law (2005)