4 February, 2022
Image: The Guardian
Quote of the Week:
"Arizona Muse is a model, sustainability consultant and climate change activist. Her new charity, DIRT, aims to regenerate soil globally in the face of climate change, with a special focus on biodynamic farming. This holistic approach focuses on nourishing the soil with compost and crop rotations, meaning it retains more carbon, helping to offset the effects of climate change.  

Six years ago, Arizona decided to learn more about the clothes she was modeling. Her journey has turned into a knowledge-sharing mission to foster change along supply chains and DIRT is her mouthpiece to spread awareness on sustainable fashion.

While encouraging the fashion industry to invest in soil regeneration, DIRT also challenges consumer attitudes, using short and fun videos that encourage people to buy second-hand clothes or sustainable brands. Arizona believes it’s easy to be sustainably stylish and DIRT will work with brands to support the adoption of biodynamic clothing materials."





...and finally, some food for thought

“Puerto Rico was once a thriving agricultural hub thanks to its tropical climate, rich biodiversity, and sustainable farming traditions.

Today, less than 2% of the workforce is employed in agriculture and tens of thousands of acres of arable land sit idle. Meanwhile, 85% of the food eaten in Puerto Rico is imported, grocery prices are among the highest in the US and last year two in five people experienced food insecurity. “Unemployment is brutal, prices are brutal, migration from the island is brutal,” said Denise Santos, who runs Puerto Rico’s food bank.

In the face of so many challenges, a new wave of interest in food and farming among younger Puerto Ricans is flourishing, as part of a wider movement demanding political, environmental and social justice. Small scale sustainable farming known as agroecology is driving a resurgence in locally grown produce that chefs, farmers, entrepreneurs and researchers argue can help revitalize the local economy, improve food sovereignty and both mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis."

– Nina Lakhani, The Guardian


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