Like Al Gore, who spent 25 years educating himself about the earth’s climate, the Price of Wales has spent years immersed in food and sustainability, including 26 years “farming” himself. Whether or not he turned the soil or pulled out the carrots, like Gore he has done considerable homework. Through his foundations he has initiated projects designed to address a global food system under serious stress.
His keynote is as good a summary as you will hear on the current factors in play across the planet that influence not just food production systems but the natural systems on which they depend. His analysis is tough and filled with data and research results. He also provides a thoughtful approach for encouraging more private sector engagement to resolve the status quo and return to “agri-culture, rather than agri-industry.”
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Here is the text of Charles’ remarks (PDF for download; 36 pps).