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City food security reportĀ 

School of Talents is learning movement of the City of Tomorrow (STIR Foundation) in which students develop theories and new practical environments between our current fragile reality and the societal resilience provided by Sustainocracy.

Two students of Avans Highschool in Breda (Netherlands), Ibren and Fernando, joined the School of Talents to do their final year practical within environmental science. Their choice was to analyse the food resilience within cities and the need, potential and impediments of urban farming. Their report is highly inspirational and valuable for food labs, urban farming, technological innovation and governance. For STIR and the School of Talents the report is a solid foundation for establishing innovative circular food systems in the cities and develop new participative learning activities for new students. Here you find the index:

The management summary will be available free of charge. The full report is only available to the investors and sponsors of the School of Talents. People, business or governance that wish to engage into working on local food resilience can contact us.

The student Ibren will publically present and defend their findings in the School of Talents audience on August 14th at 15:00 in the aquaponics center of Eindhoven. Student Fernando wishes to continue the research for his own bachelor degree and expects to focus on the complexity of nutrients in circular city food systems.

If you wish to learn more you can contact Jean-Paul Close jp@stadvanmorgen.com

City food security

Our City of Tomorrow menu this week consisted of products produced entirely in the city of Eindhoven as part of the sustainocratic cocreation program referred to as FRE2SH (Food, Recreation, Education, Energy, Security and Health). We ate eatable flowers, trout, parsley, lettuce, mushroom, honey, etc. A much larger variety is being developed over time by using the available indoor and outdoor city space effectively everywhere in a sustainocratic cooperative for sustainable human progress and city resilience.

The Eindhoven city trout was delicious

Lettuce and flower beds while partner Ben Nas hosts the open day for public awareness

Food resilience is key in modern smart city development. Current food supplies may seem to provide abundance but the production and distribution worldwide is destroying our landscapes and climate. FRE2SH uses the 4 x Value ideology with Sustainocratic cooperation between citizens, local government, innovative entrepreneurship and applied science to produce high impact local sustainable progress:

  • Value for the human being (healthy food, engagement, awareness, security, less financial dependence, better nutrician)
  • Value for society (job development, resilience, effective usage of space, reduced mobility, less bureaucracy, quality food supplies, circular economies)
  • Value for the environment (less air pollution, less destruction of landscape, reduce ecological footprint, cyclic reuse of waste)
  • Integral economic value (reduces societal costs, profitability by connection consumption directly with production, integrated process, holistic city eco system, circular economy, new local value sharing systems)

This way of working in a city is referred to as peer 4 regional development or the participatory society. It combines awareness, education, growth and sustainable human progress in a powerfull multidisciplinary interaction.

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Our basic needs are in jeopardy

In Sustainocracy we defined our core values in terms of health, safety, regional cocreation, awareness and fullfilment of our basic needs (water, food, warmth and air). All our core values are at stake but when our basic needs are in jeopardy we have little evolutionary perspectives to look for. Life turns into a daily quest for survival. On a global scale the examples I use are small but when we look carefully we see them repeating themselves across the globe, affecting many billions of people. Often I am asked if Sustainocracy can help. It sure can but needs local commitment.

Water: In Bolivia 1000’s of persons queue up for their watersupplies as entire cities are running out of this basic need.


Bolivia, Peru and the rest of the Andes areas have severe water shortage

Worried scientists and local residents from the region have contacted me to see if the introduction of Sustainocratic processes could help overcome the problems by joining the hands of local governance, innovation, science and citizens. We believe it can but again needs local willingness to build the groups around water, health and cocreation. We can help with level 4 regional development but cannot take over responsibility.

Air: Over 476.000 yearly premature death are counted in Europe alone due to poor air quality, especially in urban city environments. In New Delhi (India) one of the worst ever periods of smog was lived through these weeks. The local government declares air pollution an emergency but continues developing their cities based on economic growth rather than health. Sustainocracy was explained in februari 2016 in New Delhi upon invitation of the Indian government but no proactive attitude has been seen sofar. We have AiREAS to help out but need local commitment.

Food: Today in Dutch newspaper: Over 30.000 plants are good for human consumption but our food supplies have fallen into the hands of speculative industrial food processes that concentrate on 4 mainstreams that provide 75% of our daily calories: wheat, corn, soja and rice. Our landscapes are ruined due to manipulated monocultures of this type of food, often with patented seeds controlled by multinationals ruining also our farmers, using pesticides, fertilizers, etc. Worried scientists admit that we leave the soil behind for our kids in worse shape than ever.

Warmth: Rosa, an elderly lady of 81 in the township of Reus (Spain) has become the example of heartless policies and unjust inequality in the capitalist communities. Rosa had no money to pay for her electricity bills and dies when her matress caught fire when she forgot to blow out a candle. Local sources say that a law had passed that prohibited energy suppliers to cut off poor people from supplies during winter time. The gas company had done so anyway claimen their unaware nest of her poor situation. Whatever the background and reasoning behind all this it shows us and the world how vulnerable we all are of external supplies and the behaviour based on self interest of enterprises and money driven governance.

It always happens to someone else, until one day it happens to you…….