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Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Missing Piece of the Conservation Puzzle

written by Kori Bubnack

Image: Di the Huntress on Flickr
“In other environmental issues we tell people to stop something, reduce their impact, reduce their damage,” states US Ecologist Gary Nabhan in a recent interview. Nabhan is a ethnobotanist/gardener whose promotion of biodiversity has caught the attention of many over the years. He is known for his work in biodiversity as an ethnobotanist. Since Coming Home to Eat was published in 2001, the local food movement has ignited, causing a worldwide green epidemic.
The number of organizations and businesses that have contributed to the promotion of sustainability through conservation has greatly increase in the last couples years, in large part due to The Earth Day Network. Conservationist and green enthusiasts alike have come together, sharing ideas and discussing new ways to support the planet. Other large organizations and non-profits like Doug Band and the CGI (Clinton Global Initiative) have been working on successful emission reduction projects in the San Francisco Bay area. While climate control has continued to worsen, collaborative and individual acts are vital for any successful green campaign. As human beings, we’re constantly told to reduce our carbon footprint, consume less unhealthy foods, and spend less time in the shower! But let’s take a minute to step back and look at this from a different perspective; one that Gary Nabhan strongly suggests.
The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization confirms that only about a quarter of crop diversity is left and that a dozen species now gives 90% of the animal protein eaten globally. In accordance, just 4 crop species supply half of plant based calories in the human diet.
Nabhan suggests that eating foods that are home-grown will have a greater impact on sustainability for our planet as a whole. Also referred to as “eat what you conserve,” is a well-established theory in that by eating the fruits and vegetables that we are attempting to conserve/save, we’re promoting the granular dissemination of various plant species.
Agriculturist Marco Contiero also mentions that “biodiversity is an essential characteristic of any sustainable agricultural system, especially in the context of climate change.”(1) Conterio's theory suggests that as individuals we tend our own crops/plants, and should make sure to purchase localized farm products at supermarkets and groceries. In the end, this condenses export/import reliance, thus reducing our carbon footprint.
These theories both depend heavily on an action oriented approach at conservation and sustainability. With an abundance of green movements following Earth Day 2010, organizations and individuals have taken a stronger following to expert opinions like the ones demonstrated by both of these highly influential agriculturalists. Make sure you stop by your local farmers markets and apple orchards for your fresh fruits and vegetables! Don't be afraid either to stop the next time you drive by a yard stand with fresh crops.

About Kori
I'm a political science graduate and currently attending grad school.  After taking a few different classes in undergrad on environmental issues and how they relate to politics I sort of feel in love with the subject.  I recently came across the mommy blogging network and realized how many moms are out there that have an interest in this too.  I decided I wanted to start reaching out to them because they can really make a difference.



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