“When E.F. Schumacher wrote Small Is Beautiful, Douglas Gayeton’s work must have been one of the beautifuls he was imagining. This work is meaningful, informative, engaging and adds a beautiful voice to a new conversation about food, money and soil.”

Woody Tasch – author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow MoneyInvesting as if Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered and founder of the Slow Money Institute.

Sustainable Terms in

FOOD AND FARMING

The LEXICON OF SUSTAINABILITY™ has asked 200+ leaders in food and farming from across the USA to contribute their valued experiences to our rapidly growing vocabulary of sustainable terms.
By illuminating the vocabulary of sustainable agriculture, and with it the conversation about America’s rapidly evolving food culture, the Lexicon of Sustainability™ educates, engages and activates people to pay closer attention to how they eat, what they buy, and where their responsibility begins for creating a healthier, safer food system in America.
Check out our list of SELECTED THOUGHT LEADERS.

BackYard Pollinators

BIODIVERSITY

CSA

EATING DOWN THE FOOD CHAIN

Edible Schoolyard

FALLEN FRUIT

FARM FAIRIES

FARM TO TABLE

FOOD MILES

FOOD SECURITY

GOOD FOOD REVOLUTION

GRASS FED

GREEN COLLAR

Healthy Soil

KITCHEN INCUBATOR

Methane Digester

MOB STOCKING

PASTURE RAISED

PERENNIAL

PERMACULTURE

SALMON COUNTERS

SUSTAINABILITY

URBAN FARMER

VEGGIE LIBEL LAW

COMING SOON: WATER

By illuminating the vocabulary of sustainable water use, and with it, the conversation about America’s rapidly dwindling water supply, the Lexicon project educates, engages and activates people to pay closer attention to how they use water and where their responsibility begins for ensuring more resilient practices that safeguard this precious resource for generations to come.
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  • Governmental agencies encouraging water efficiency, based on four key principles: efficiency – using as little water as needed to do the job; conservation – using fewer drops; productivity – getting more output per drop; and substitution – using alternative sources as a means to match the quality of water
  • Water recycling methods (gray water) used to transform agriculture (example: in Israel nearly 85% of all agriculture utilizes gray water).
  • Individuals practicing novel forms of water conservation, including ideas like rooftop rainwater harvesting and catchment
  • Identifying new methods to convert both brackish and salt water via water desalinization for consumer use
  • Rural water projects revive traditional knowledge of rainfall and natural aquifer systems

COMING SOON: ENERGY

Compiled by Aram Shumavon for the Lexicon

  • Clean energy projects including geo-thermal, water, solar, wind, and tidal solutions go from pilot projects to in-use applications both among consumers and large-scale energy producers.
  • Novel energy conservation strategies employed by municipalities, businesses and individuals
  • New forms of energy distribution like the Solar Mosaic Project use crowd sourcing to fund solar installations in underprivileged communities.
  • People like Ursula Sladeck who spearhead new projects like Germany’s first cooperatively owned renewable power company. The company will provide energy for 1 million customers by 2015.

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