What is Eco Conscious
Biodiversity? Gary Nabhan on being a Localvore
hear these words
biodiversity, localvores, carbon
, self-sufficient living
sustainability. But what do they actually mean, and how important are
they for us today?
This is an article written by one of our guest submitters, Jack Lundee,
who explains these issues by writing about Gary Nabhan
unfailing push to get people to not only eat locally, but to also
eat what is in season, and to only eat food that has come within a 250
Gary Nabhan is a champion of locally grown food that has been
produced using non-genetically modified seeds and supporting heirloom
vegetables and heritage animal breeds that are sadly, fast
Eco Conscious Biodiversity
“In other environmental
issues we tell people to stop
something, reduce their impact, reduce their damage," claims
Agriculturist Gary Nabhan. Nabhan is an ethnobotanist
of biodiversity has captured the attention of many individuals over the
years. Since "Coming
Home to Eat"
was printed in 2001, the local food
movement has caught fire, causing a global green epidemic, along with a
fight to match Nabhan’s philosophies.
Nabhan proposes that
eating homegrown crops will have a greater impact on sustainability for
our planet, ultimately reducing
our carbon footprint
as “eat what you conserve," this is a well-established theory in that
by eating the fruits and vegetables that we are trying to
conserve/save, we’re promoting the granular dissemination of various
There are many opponents of Nabhan’s theory
however. In particular, a lot of scientists are struggling to yield
crop from genetically modified seeds. – This is exactly the type of
situation that proponents of biodiversity are looking to avoid.
President Clinton, Doug
the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) have supported the International
Rice Research Institute (IRRI) on rice seed modification in an effort
to create a more sustainable rice crop. This attempt is classified as a
direct result of climate change, and the handful of people that support
thoughts like this believe that we’re attempting to fix human-created
Recent studies have demonstrated these modified
and their ability to fail completely, leaving
thousands of dollars in crop to waste. Herein lies the argument; most
would say that we’re actually creating further problems with
genetically altered crops.
sustainability experts would agree with Gary Nabhan’s theories on
biodiversity, further bearing the notion of eat what you conserve. In
agriculturist Marco Contiero
theories quite evidently in boldly stating, “biodiversity is an
essential characteristic of any sustainable agricultural system,
especially in the context of climate change.
that people should start eating more localized crops, and spending less
time shopping for exotic fruits and vegetables.
both conservationists rely on action-oriented approaches to providing
greater sustainability through biodiversity. As eco-conscious
individuals, we must all remember to play our role in promoting these
same ideas; don’t hesitate to stop by your local
up tomatoes or strawberries. Congruently, be sure to pick up what’s in
season and grown locally.
Written by Jack Lundee.
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