to living systems, Gaia,
the biology and geology enabling our life
BIODIVERSITY the interrelatedness
of genes, species, and ecosystems and their interactions with the
a chemical free regenerative agriculture that produces
both healthier food and soil. It has been called an advanced organic
method of farming. Soil is developed and then maintained using appropriate
land management practices that are in harmony with nature.
GENETICS a mixture of ecology, molecular
biology, population genetics, mathematical modeling and evolutionary
systematics (the construction of family relationships). It is both
a basic and an applied science. Scientists must first understand
the genetic relationships of the organisms under study. The organisms
under investigation are usually endangered or threatened populations.
NO growth regulators or man-made chemicals.
Working with, rather than against, nature, of looking at systems
in all their functions [Bill Mollison]
NUTURANCE & NATURAL FIBERS)
HEIRLOOM a ccultivar that was commonly grown during earlier periods in human history, but which is not used in modern large-scale agriculture. Many heirloom vegetables have kept their traits through open pollination, while fruit varieties such as apples have been propagated over the centuries through grafts and cuttings.
Thomas Jefferson said, "Hemp is of first necessity...
to the wealth and protection of the country."
George Washington wrote, "make the most of the hemp seed
and sow it everywhere."
ORGANIC COTTON no chemical pesticides,
herbicides, or fertilizers. Particular care is given to the
quality of the soil, so that crops harvested generations from
now will have grown in soil that is as pure as the soil today.
SLOW FOOD movement to combat fast food.
The gathering of plant material from it's native "wild" environment.
BIOENERGETICS & BIOCOMMUNICATION
In the ideal, the organism is a quantum superposition
of coherent activities with instantaneous (nonlocal) noiseless intercommunication
throughout the system.
of the intrinsic value of all life forms and preservation of their
new science that studies nature's models and then imitates or
takes inspiration from these designs and processes to solve human
range of engineering technologies concerned with the manipulation
of biological material and organisms.
theft or robbery of biological and genetic resources indigenous
to a country.
GENETIC ENGINEERING The
radical technology involving the artifical manipulation of genetic
Science Panel 'The Case for a GM-free
PRINCIPLE "When an activity
raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary
measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships
are not fully established scientifically."
Preferable Purchasing Ordinance City
departments would survey their use of chemical products; establish
standards or criteria for evaluating the most environmentally
preferred products for performing a certain task, and evaluate
whether the use of chemical products could be reduced by product
substitution or changes in work practices.