Sustainable Food Guide
|Environmental Practice at Work © 2005|
In order to "develop" people must invest time and money. In order to that they will want a vision that they will beenfit in terms of living standards and conditions. In order to achieve that, both business needs to prosper and employees want security. In order to drive those improvements to the environment and living conditions, investors whether public or private, will want a return.
Economic and Ecology have a long history, starting with their names. As we put more value to natural assets, so will new forms of economics evolve that "capture the ecological value". e.g in the future we may will value land more highly that supports nice little birds like linnets (linnets are one of many BAP species). As these values increase, so to will those forms of economics that can count nature better (eg Emissions Trading). The question will always be: "how much are we willing to pay for better food?" If it is more than at present, then there is a future for many in the food chain....
Some people are beginning to realise that if the present economies are to become sustainable, they need to learn from natural systems. Classifying natural systems as biological, chemical and physical, we examine some lessons already learnt about economics and the environment.
Biological - BSE , Chemical - Hormones, Antibiotics, Additives, Physical- Internal Operations.