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[SANET-MG] dream farm workshop
The Independent Science Panel
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Dear ISP members and sponsors of our Sustainable World Initiative,
The Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) is planning a weekend
workshop, Dream Farm , 21- 22 January 2006, as part of our Sustainable
World Initiative launched earlier this year.
Our weekend workshop came about as the result of a proposal led by ISIS
and submitted to the Carbon Trust - to set up for demonstration and
education purposes, a highly productive integrated farm that's energy
self- sufficient and reduces wastes and carbon dioxide emissions to a
minimum: the Integrated Reduced Emissions Food and Energy (IREFE) farm .
It combines the best of indigenous knowledge and the most appropriate
new technologies to showcase a post-fossil fuel economy.
The idea is based on the work of Prof. George Chan of Mauritius,
environmental engineer who trained in Imperial College, whom we featured
in the article "Dream Farm" in the current issue of our quarterly house
magazine, Science in Society . George Chan has perfected a version of
the farm that best suits Third World countries and has been responsible
for setting up dozens of them in Brazil, South Africa, India, now
Mauritius and elsewhere.
George Chan is coming through London in January, and we are taking the
opportunity to put on the weekend workshop. Apart from George Chan,
there will be London Mayor Dr. Ken Livingstone, to speak on his vision
of a sustainable London; Eur. Ing. Kenneth Spelman, planner/designer of
sustainable development projects around the world to speak about
ecocities, Martin Khor, director of the Third World Network, well known
for his opposition to WTO-style globalisation will speak on trade
policies that can help the poor, Lawrence Woodward, Director of Elm
Farm Research Centre to speak on organic agriculture, Julian Oram from
ActionAid to speak on the effects of the global food trade on third
world people, and myself, director of ISIS, to speak on the IREFE project.
The purpose of the workshop is to explore common aims in building
sustainable food systems for the developing and developed world, but
somewhat different implementations, making maximum use of locally
available resources, taking advantage of appropriate new technologies,
and arranging to 'gift' these technologies to the third world. We shall
also explore the most appropriate international and national policies
for sustainable food systems that benefit both the developed and
The workshop will be small and will be limited to about 40 participants,
so we can have in- depth discussions. We are giving priority to ISP
members and sponsors of Sustainable World Initiative. Enclosed is a
first announcement of the workshop to invite you to pre- register and
reserve a place before we send it out to the general public. We
anticipate a lot of interest, so please send in your details as soon as
possible. Be sure to state that you are member of the Independent
Science Panel or a Sustainable World sponsor.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho
Director Institute of Science in Society and
Sustainable World Initiative
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