Kids born in the next decade will get the opportunity to live well into the twenty second century, a thought so exciting and at the same time so daunting. This will be our grandkids! So I present to you a challenge; how can we leave this world a better place to them than how we found it? Sustainability in its most common terms is defined at leaving the environment in the same or better state for future societies than how we got it.
The cornerstone of civilizations has always been sustainable food systems, when societies refrain from producing food sustainable they ceased to exist. One of the best definitions of a sustainable food system, is that of Calgary: “A sustainable food system is a collaborative network that integrates several components in order to enhance a community’s environmental, economic and social well-being. It is build on principles that further the ecological, social and economic values of a community and region.” The characteristics of a sustainable food system will look as follow (based on Pothukuchi and Jufman, 1999):
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All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes, a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.