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 Understanding climate change

A mesh of inter-related ecological forces the whole issue of climate change and its consequences is hardly like simple math. It needs a lot of explanation, a lot of diving deep into the subject before comprehension becomes clear.
Below is a passage concerning global warming and how it takes place.
Our atmosphere is getting hotter, more turbulent, and more unpredictable because of the “boiling and churning” effect caused by the heat-trapping greenhouse gases within the upper layers of our atmosphere. With each increase of carbon, methane, or other greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere, our local weather and global climate is further agitated, heated, and “boiled.”

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Food Production: The sword of Damocles?

“A new study shows more than a fifth of global food output growth has been lost to climate change since the 1960s, while an estimated 34 million people live on the brink of famine.”

Climate change is reaping havoc on farmlands and crop growing areas but food production is also adding fuel to the fire with rising methane gas emissions

Daily we are bombarded with reports of extreme weather changes causing devastation across the globe. Hurricanes, typhoons hammer coastlines with record rainfall and gale-force winds wiping out lives and livelihoods.

New findings show that more than a third—34%—of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions are generated by food systems. They also show that food generates an average of 2 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions per person annually.

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Here's how the agricultural sector can win the war on waste

When you have one out of nine people in the world hungry or undernourished, you realise that something is amiss in our food production system.

Consider this: Nearly one billion tonnes of food is wasted each year, with 14 per cent of waste happening between harvest and retail.

It’s not as simplistic as the rich eat, the poor starve. It indicates a systemic failure of the system to be able to channel food to different levels of society.

To put it bluntly, food waste is KILLING us. Nefarious as Covid-19 is, it has exposed how flawed our food systems are. How often have we seen rotting vegetables and fruits thrown by the roadside? Do you wonder how bag ladies can rummage through bins and still find edible food? From macro to micro levels, the entire system has to be investigated, reviewed and radically changed.

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We’re not kidding. Based on the average annual consumption of rice per Malaysian at 80 kilograms and the fact that we need to import 30% of our annual requirement of 2.7 million tonnes, it means that 8.8 million people are served by our imports.

Malaysia imports rice from India, Thailand and Vietnam, the biggest producers of rice in the world. In November last year, Vietnam pulled the plug on exports to provide food security for their people.

Our question is are we waiting for a crisis to happen before we start making serious efforts to become self-sufficient in rice? Remember that rice is a staple food consumed daily by most Malaysians.

In 2019 our rice imports cost us RM1.87 billion. Imagine if this money is saved and re-channeled to our rice producers in terms of technical support and financial incentives how much good would it do?

It’s time to act.

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 Food Forest Forum 2021 (FFF) is a practitioner-led initiative that marks the beginning of an intentional community of earth stewards --- an on-going platform for sharing, networking, collaboration and continued education in building a better world together.

“A Food Forest is a sustainable, low maintenance, plant-based food production system that gears towards abundance and permanence! The interest is growing and even the governing authorities are getting more open-minded about Food Forests,“ explains Razak Abdul Aziz of SEEDS Malaysia, one of the organisers.

“Food Forest Forum 2021 is not a one-off discussion. It is planned to be ongoing, especially with the creation of a specific guild post FFF to become the platform for continuing communication and action by consolidating the practitioners.”

The Forum includes topics such as:
-Natural & regenerative farming
-Featuring urban & regional farms
-Homesteading, F&B & eco-tourism
-Plant 'farm-acy' medicine
-Knowledge sharing from Orang Asli communities
-Community networking & working partnerships
-Focus on Malaysia & our tropical climate

...Learn about these and many more for you and your community towards the healing and regeneration of ourselves, our earth and our future!

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🌱 Food Forest Forum 🌱
Dates: 15th & 16th October 2021
Prices: RM 119 / USD 28 (Individual)
RM 99 / USD 24 (NGO/Students)
(with proof of membership/student ID)
Platform: Online via Zoom

🌟 Register at the link below

Food Forest Forum is brought to you by SEEDS Malaysia and Fairground.


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