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World Summit on Sustainable Development, South Africa 2002

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Subject: Message 56 - Intervention by Neil Sorensen Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2001 15:07:09 +0100 From: RIO10-Moderator To: "'RIO10-L@mailserv.fao.org'" Dear friends, In the last ten years since Rio, thousands of papers have been written and millions of ideas have been put forward as to how to address agricultural and environmental devastation across the globe. The problem is, however, that many of the possible solutions have not been taken seriously or further explored. Like others have commented, there are positive examples like community supported agriculture and box schemes that provide for stewardship of the environment, and we should emphasize the importance of these practices. We cannot afford to continue devoting expansive resources to meeting after meeting, when the solutions are both tangible and clear, and when time is running short. Humans can take control of their actions, especially in an agricultural context. It is not that complicated. It is tiresome to continuously see the way in which the environmental power brokers analyze the situation. I see no need to further complicate the issue by positing new and untested theoretical analyses. We have to take action. There is no more time. Our waters are terribly polluted from agricultural chemicals and we have incredible resource sinks. The green revolution was a horrible mistake, and we have to right this wrong by supplanting the use of petrochemicals in agriculture with compost. It really is that simple. And if you drive a car, you are equally contributing to the earth's environmental destruction as well. We have to quit "beating around the bush," and start speaking the truth. Neil Sorensen, Program Assistant for International Programs Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

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