This talk is our 3rd talk on Circular Economy and a reaaly nice follow-up of the SEA Makerthon. Our guest speaker is Dr. Paul Olivier. Dr. Paul Olivier has always seen waste as perhaps one of the most valuable resources one could ever possess. He has shifted his attention from industrial wastes in the '80s and '90s to biodegradable wastes currently. He has been living in Vietnam for 10 years and has great passion in using simple technologies to help poor Vietnamese farmers alter their lives.
Join us to hear how can transforming biodegradable waste, integrating plant and animal systems, and deindustrializing agriculture solve some of the biggest challenges in Vietnam.
Timing: Thursday June 30th, 1pm- 4pm
Venue: Fablab Saigon - 44/10 Nguyen Van Dau Street, Binh Thanh District.
The event is pay-what-feels right.
Vietnam is an agricultural country known as one of the largest exporters in the world of rice, coffee, shrimp and so forth. However, it seems like we are in the middle of many crises. Food safety is in jeopardy due to the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides in farming; and due to the use of antibiotics, leanness drugs and growth hormones in raising animals.
The Mekong Delta has just gone through the worst drought in 100 years, and Vietnam is ranked among the five countries likely to be most affected by climate change. Small-scale farmers are getting poorer, since the current food distribution system favors traders and middlemen. Middlemen often sell commercial feeds and chemical fertilizers that are adulterated and fake.
Are these problems not related? Is there not a fairly simple way to solve these problems?
The answer is a resounding yes. But for this to happen, the transformation of biodegradable waste must become the centerpiece of food production. This talk will focus on how small farmers can transform biodegradable waste at the highest possible level, how they can integrate plant and animal systems, and how they can deindustrialize the production of food by embedded in co-cops to gain a strong position. This will allow them not only to produce safe, high-quality food at affordable prices for consumers, but it will also enable them to play a major role in reducing carbon emission and sequestering carbon.
Food is not just another commodity to be traded in the global marketplace. The market value of food should never be allowed to override broader issues relating to food safety, food security, the health of the environment and the biodiversity of our planet.