'SUSTAINABLE EARTH DECATHLON' (SED) 

 

Please make a note of Oct 25, 2015 deadline. The annual 'Sustainable Earth Decathlon' (SED) is an opportunity for the youth to problem-solve local manifestations of climate change and health disparity. The goal is to democratize health and climate care innovation.

Innovation can come from any discipline: arts, design, medicine, public health, environmental science, social work, and similar fields. It could be the brain-child of anyone age 13-24 years. It could take any form: from products and services, to start-ups. 

 

So long as the proposed solution is geared toward improving the capacity of communities to overcome the negative effects of climate change and/or health disparity, it is welcome.  

 

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[From the Farmland L.P. website]

Farmland LP investor and partner Ali Partovi recently spoke at the New York Times’ Food For Tomorrow conference ...

Invited to the conference by food writer Mark Bittman, Ali, dubbed a ‘Top Silicon Valley Angel‘ by the San Jose Mercury News, was asked to share the Silicon Valley perspective on food challenges in the 21st century. Farmland LP is Ali’s “favorite investment” because of the way our sustainable agriculture model marries efficiency with scalability and therefore has the capacity to “change the world”.

After his presentation, Ali told me that what struck a cord with people was his explanation for the real reason organic food costs more. In fact, said Ali,”it costs less money to produce food sustainably”; its higher price is simply because supply is much lower than demand. One of his slides used USDA data to show how the 1% of U.S. farmland that is certified organic is not keeping up with the 4.4% of the total U.S. spending on organic food. The price of organic food is higher because the demand is outstripping supply, even though organic production methods (especially our rotation system) are less costly for farmers.