The question of food is central to the issue of sustainability â€“ it is literally what sustains us on a day to day basis, but food production contributes 30% of the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. 30% of the worldâ€™s population is malnourished and another 30% is obese. Food production uses 70% of the worldâ€™s fresh water and 40% of the worldâ€™s land. Developed countries waste 30%-40% of food.
The Nil by Mouth: Food, Farming, Science and Sustainability project kicks off Friday with a workshop between the four selected artists/collectives and scientists involved in the Scottish Governmentâ€™s Strategic Research Programme Environmental Change; Food, Land and People. Â Nil by Mouth is an initiative of the Crichton Carbon Centre in partnership with Wide Open.
Over the past few days weâ€™ve seen, thanks to a variety of supporters, a number of interesting articles:
Suzanne Benton highlighted an article,Â Now This Is Natural Food,Â from the New York Times on farming, soil and perennial polycultures.
We just highlighted Common Groundâ€™s new programme of work on Fields, including this outstanding manifesto, but itâ€™s worth flagging it again.
And finally the obituary of Joan Thirsk, historian of agriculture was published in the Guardian. Â The latter two are very much English, and the former is Kansas. Â We wonder what Nil by Mouth can contribute from a Scottish perspective?
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