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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Turning waste into wealth by Dr. Pimbert

A principal researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Dr. Michel Pimbert has said that there are economic models that reintegrate food and energy production with water and water management which also could create jobs and income for rural and urban dwellers.

Pimbert was quoted in a public statement from IIED made available to NaijaAgroNet, as revealing a picture of an alternative future in which food, energy and water suppliers are sustainable and in the control of local communities.

Pimbert who co-authored a book on 'Virtuous Circles: Values, Systems and Sustainability,' noted that a typical example of unsustainable system is the global food system depending on fossil fuels which in turn contribute to local pollution coupled with the global warming.

In her foreword, Dr. Caroline Lucas, Member of Parliament from the Green Party of England & Wales, welcome the contribution of the book to the debate on ways to redesign and re-localize food systems in sustaining diverse local ecologies and economies.

The challenge, according to Dr. Lucas, is in the designing of a resilient food system with, by and for citizens so as to reduce ecological footprints and to foster democratic control over the means of life.
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