Agriculture Day at Rio+20

Today is Agriculture & Rural Development Day, with a keen focus on the happenings over at Rio+20.  The day will feature keynote speakers, a high-level panel discussion, and 13 participatory “learning events” – giving voice to a wide cross section of stakeholders. The learning events will explore concrete cases of success, which, if scaled out through greater investment, could translate into a thorough transformation of the global food system. The afternoon will showcase science innovations for a food-secure future.

 

A combination of scientific research and on-the-ground innovation has demonstrated the real and potential success of many technologies and methods. To build on their success requires an integrated landscape approach that improves agricultural productivity and rural livelihoods, while also addressing threats to forests, water, and biodiversity.

 

We’ve been reading & engaging in a fair few conversations about the future of the food system as of late, and looking into recent reports about Agroecology farming methods, the merits of smallholding agriculture, and generally thinking about how new models of food distribution can help bring about a food system which works for people & planet, rather than simply short term economics.

 

Agriculture Day is highlighting the need for Rio+20 to address global agriculture as a system with the potential for major impact on future sustainability.  They highlight Agriculture as Our Common Future.

 

 

Here’s a 7 point taster of the #Rio4Ag Alliance’s focus for the Learning Events:

  1. Global and national policies
  2. Global investments
  3. Sustainable intensification
  4. Reduce vulnerability
  5. Reshape food access and diets
  6. Reduce loss and waste in food systems
  7. Create integrated information systems

 

During today’s Agriculture Day webcast you can watch the livestream, follow along on twitter at #Rio4Ag, as well as investigating the learning events & resources on the site.  Take a look!

FastCoExist “World Changing Ideas & Innovation” features Bucky Box

Things are a’bubble here in the office in Wellington this morning as the Fast Company article on Bucky Box went live last night.

Fast-Company magazine's blog FastCoExist which features 'World Changing Ideas & Innovation' features Bucky BoxWe arrived at work to find the twitter feed was ticking over happily with RT of the FastCoExist piece on Bucky Box’s software for a better food system.

 

FastCoExist is one of our favourite reads. It provides daily news on ‘World Changing Ideas & Innovation’, many of them businesses working for a better world.  It’s a great feeling to be part of that club.

 

Bucky Box is working on the new operating system for emerging local food systems. We’re open for beta testing in invite-only form. Feel free to share the word to local food distributors you think might be interested.

Creating the operating system for a new emerging local food system - Bucky BoxCreating the new operating system for local food isn’t just about supporting what’s going out in the market, it goes much bigger & broader than that, it reaches into the future.  We see what has happened in the last 30-40 years in our global food systems as a step backwards in environmental & social standards which have borrowed from our future. We’ve created a more fragile food system with less resilience, and now the pressures are beginning to mount up : population growth, soil health, water quality, climate change adaptation, loss of biodiversity and ecosystem functions which are vital to our survival.  All the research points toward moving to sustainable food production, distribution & consumption, which largely means small scale farms (not industrial-scale mono-cropping), regenerative farming techniques (not chemical farming which destroys our soils) and regional food systems (not industrialized supply chains).  We see a better way, and Bucky Box is our first step in making that vision a reality.

 

Not only are we creating cutting-edge software for the local food movement, but our social enterprise structure means that we’re going to be putting a minimum of 66% of our profits back into the movement itself through our partnerships with local food systems researchers, advocates, educators & practitioners. More to come on that matter soon, so connect with us at @buckybox and be the first to hear.