Be the Change: Use of industrial term “Sustainability” misses Life on Earth

I received an email from a new Nuffield scholar, and immediately had to delve into the limitations of using the term “sustainability,” a popular word with the likes of Walmart and Bayer. The scholar wrote about inquiring into the quantitative aspects (ROCE, profit, cash flows etc.) and the qualitative aspects (carbon footprint, community contribution, enhancedContinue reading “Be the Change: Use of industrial term “Sustainability” misses Life on Earth”

I Graduated … so “Where Does Agriculture Fit In?”

And does it?! I was asked this in the comments to the post of my convocation photos on Facebook. Excellent question! But my answer still needs work. Here it is as it continues to emerge. My attention has been towards bringing attention to marginalized issues. My “mission statement” is the regeneration of soil, soul andContinue reading “I Graduated … so “Where Does Agriculture Fit In?””

Nuffield Scholar Brings Regenerative Farming into the Centre of the Conversation

I am so excited to see 2019 Canada Nuffield Scholar Ryan Boyd talking about regenerative farming in the Alberta Express. I can’t wait to be reading his report. I will have to be patient! He has barely got started with his #nuffield19 study. I worked hard to bring new ideas to agriculture and it seemsContinue reading “Nuffield Scholar Brings Regenerative Farming into the Centre of the Conversation”

Thoughtful Thursday: Doing Away with the Term “Sustainable”

In my Nuffield study report,  I argue that the use of the term ‘sustainability’ in agriculture is outdated. I conclude that the 3 legged model needs to be replaced with a 5 pillar model for ‘resilience’. In a recent blog at regenerationinternational.org, my words are echoed. We agree with Secretary Tom Vilsack that the word “sustainability”Continue reading “Thoughtful Thursday: Doing Away with the Term “Sustainable””

It’s Official: My Nuffield Report has been published

Thank you Nuffield International for tweeting! “Great reports from @NuffieldCanada 2013 scholars @gumbootgourmet, @blake_vince & @ClaytonRobins have just been uploaded – must reads!” http://www.nuffieldinternational.org/rep_pdf/1430785555Gayl-Creutzberg-2013-report.pdf. “For Canadian agriculture to contribute to a healthy world, we need to go ‘back to basics’, with a revised farm enterprise mission statement of ‘Nourishing Communities’, instead of feeding the world.“Continue reading “It’s Official: My Nuffield Report has been published”

Agroecology, Ecosystems, and Sustainability (Advances in Agroecology) by Noureddine Benkeblia

It is always exciting to see momentum building for change! This book has beaten me to it somewhat, but then again, I was not planning on writing 400 pages … just half that! From http://www.crcpress.com (November, 2014) From book’s description: “With contributions from experts from more than 20 countries, the book describes how to makeContinue reading “Agroecology, Ecosystems, and Sustainability (Advances in Agroecology) by Noureddine Benkeblia”

Publication of my Nuffield Study Report

Executive Summary Agriculture 3.0: a New Paradigm for Agriculture Study Topic: As a 2013 Nuffield Scholar, Kaytlyn is seeking to redefine what it really means to be sustainable in food and farming, by asking: ‘If Agriculture 1.0 is subsistence farming that uses traditional farming practices, and Agriculture 2.0 is industrial agriculture, which is creating seriousContinue reading “Publication of my Nuffield Study Report”

2014 Nuffied Ontario Summer Picnic and Canada Fleabane

The best part about summer picnics is meeting new scholars and hearing stories of Nuffield travels, even if they were 20 to 30 years ago or more! Fellow 2013 Canadian Scholar Blake Vince (@BlakeVince) has had a very busy year again and Jack shared his adventures of having everything stolen on his travels in 1995!Continue reading “2014 Nuffied Ontario Summer Picnic and Canada Fleabane”

Nuffield Scholars from Around the World Visit Huron County

        The Town of Goderich has a great story to tell about resilience, as told by Susanna Reid from the County of Huron Planning Department. On the afternoon of Sunday, August 21, 2011, an F3 rated tornado tore across Huron County, striking many of the locations we saw on this tour, includingContinue reading “Nuffield Scholars from Around the World Visit Huron County”