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Revolutionising the food system: How the current system affects our health and makes us sick

Hi there! Welcome to the first post in our six-part series on “Revolutionising the food system”. As part of Furrow’s mission to reconnect with our food, we hope these articles provide you with insight and understanding of the implications of our current food system. In parts 1, 2, 3 and 4, we’ll be discussing the health, climate, ecological and ethical impacts. In part 5, we’ll share what we believe a sustainable food system looks like, before talking about the benefits of that system in part 6. Together, we can revolutionise how we feed ourselves and our planet.   Living a long, fulfilling life requires maintaining good health, but the current food system makes us sick. As Ralph Waldo Emerson famously...

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Rethinking the Future of Food

No matter where we are from or what language we speak, every single person on this planet eats food every day. It’s what keeps us alive, nourished and energised. Yet, in recent years, our society has become so disconnected from what we eat that we don’t ever stop to think about the implications of our consumption choices. Most of us are unaware of the impacts of the centralised, industrialised food system through which we consume our food. This system is one in which profit and efficiency trumps all else, at the expense of our health and the future of our planet. This approach to producing, harvesting, distributing, and purchasing food is unsustainable and must change now. The impacts of the...

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What is Permaculture?

  The permaculture concept is a sustainable farming technique, that goes beyond how we use the land to include the way in which we build houses, use waste and produce energy. It is a way of life or “culture”, that aims to marry human activity with nature so that we can sustainably or “permanently” meet our needs without jeopardising the health of the environment. The word itself comes from the amalgamation of “permanent agriculture”, or more recently “permanent culture”.   The pioneer behind this practice – Bill Mollison (with David Holgrem) – brought together his philosophy after observing the natural trajectory of plant communities in the Australian rainforests and deserts. He has termed his realisation of how to apply ecology to agriculture as the “revelation” moment of his age, and wrote the first blueprint for the approach, ‘Permaculture One’, in 1978. [i] Since then, permaculture has become...

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