Slow Food is a movement that was born in Italy to react against the rise of Fast food alimentation. As a matter of fact, contrary to this modern spreading trend, slow food implies we take time to respect the cycles of seasons, the time for the natural growth of crops, and also the time for sharing a meal with family or friends!
Mulching consists in laying an organic cover around plants (usually straw). This technique has many advantages for the gardener as well as for the environment. The main ones being the ground remains moist as it prevents evaporation and saves frequent watering, this means less water wasted but also less weeds that would hinder germination.
Hybrid vehicles are an intermediary solution between conventionnal vehicles and electric vehicles. The idea is making the thermic motor run with a slightly harder charge than necessary, and use this extra energy to charge batteries.
More than one century of industrial development, economic growth and intensive exploitation of nature has led us to a world where we can travel cheaply to anywhere in the world, import food, clothes and materials from any country, yet we are slowly destroying the very earth which keeps us alive. Despite increases in automation, we are working harder and harder, and neglecting our home lives to fulfil the demands of industry. The brave new world promised to us by technology has not arrived. Instead it has led to an increased gap between rich and poor within most countries and between countries. Cultures once unique and distinct are slowly merging into variations of Western popular culture. Languages and species are dying out. The outlook is gloomy! We have a very strong responsibility to the future which we will create. If we wish to provide a better environment to our children (and ourselves), we will thus have to modify our ways of life and our manner of consuming. Currently, to provide for his needs, Humanity must call upon the industry of consumption.
« We must define the techniques together allowing us to build a better world. »
Jean-Luc Henry, President of the Ekopedia Foundation