Resilience is biodiverse plants, insects and animals that create secure, sovereign food systems that aren’t reliant on the fragile global food chains for the survival of their inhabitants.
Why is biodiversity important?
100 YEARS OF AGRICULTURAL CHANGE: SOME TRENDS AND FIGURES RELATED TO AGROBIODIVERSITY
- Since the 1900s, some 75 percent of plant genetic diversity has been lost as farmers worldwide have left their multiple local varieties and landraces for genetically uniform, high-yielding varieties.
- 30 percent of livestock breeds are at risk of extinction; six breeds are lost each month.
- Today, 75 percent of the world’s food is generated from only 12 plants and five animal species.
- Of the 4 percent of the 250 000 to 300 000 known edible plant species, only 150 to 200 are used by humans. Only three - rice, maize and wheat - contribute nearly 60 percent of calories and proteins obtained by humans from plants.
- Animals provide some 30 percent of human requirements for food and agriculture and 12 percent of the world’s population live almost entirely on products from ruminants.
The fewer varieties we grow, the less biodiverse seed stock we have to meet the demand of a changing world. Farmers don’t have the ability to quickly shift varieties to combat drought, pests or disease. They also lose access to varieties that grow best in their areas.
- As of May 2017, many of the biggest seed and pesticide companies are merging. If/when they do, 60% of the world’s seed supply will be controlled by just three companies. Source
- As of 2015, one company, Monsanto, controlled 80% of the world’s corn seed and 93% of the soy. Source
- Studies show that when seed companies consolidate, varieties are pulled from the market. Source)
An Example: The Irish Potato Famine:
Although the potato that caused this blight came from Peru, Peru itself did not suffer the same devastation and famine. Why? Because they grew around 2000 varieties of potato so were not dependent on one crop to feed them. While some varieties are vulnerable to the blight, many are immune to it.
What would happen if there were a corn or wheat pandemic? In a word...we’ll be screwed.
Permaculture, biodynamically raised, regenerative and beyond organic farming systems are our only hope.
Food Security leads to stronger communities and greater well being
for the people that live there.
When communities come together around food, they co-create healthier, more connected communities. These communities are more prepared for catastrophic disasters (earthquakes, EMO attacks from the sun or war, nuclear attack, etc) and changes in the global food supply. Happier, healthier, more productive communities are the base for overall increased life satisfaction. They create better states, a better nation, and increase global stability and peace. More engagement in community can lead to more commitment to our neighborhoods, cities and beyond.. Increased commitment leads to want to protect our community, which can lead to more engagement in creating change for the Greater Good.
Deeper dive into diversity-
Why is biodiversity important?