When Engineers Grow Food Forests (TED video)
Dr. Akira Miyawaki has a job many of us would enjoy — planting forests on degraded land. He once was asked by Toyota (in India) to help them become carbon neutral and turn their factories into healthier, greener and ‘environment friendly’ places. He has developed a methodology to make forests grow ten times faster than normal.
He came and did what he does best: planted seeds. One of these seeds landed in Shubhendu Sharma’s heart. The young industrial engineer interned with his newly found master and planted his first mini forest behind his home. What happens when engineers start looking at nature? Afforestt! A business creating “wild, native, natural, maintenance-free forests at the lowest possible cost, both to you and the planet.” A food forest if you will.
For me, it is very exciting news as it means that 1) more forests are planted worldwide and 2) permaculture principles (disguised under other names) is spreading….