Proverb

The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.

Salt licks and seaweed and blackstrap molasses
Salt licks and seaweed and blackstrap molasses
Andy Warhol, artist, director and producer

I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.

The Minister of Conservation on choosing mosaic over monoculture
Love Song for a Vampire
Dame Carol Ann Duffy, poet, playwright and professor

For this,
let gardens grow, where beelines end,
sighing in roses, saffron blooms, buddleia;
where bees pray on their knees, sing, praise
in pear trees, plum trees; bees
are the batteries of orchards, gardens, guard them.

On a dry day in spring
On a dry day in spring
David Chang, chef and owner of Momofuku restaurant group

Cooking and gardening involve so many disciplines: math, chemistry, reading, history.

How a buried stream became a well-formed sieve
How a buried stream became a well-formed sieve
René Redzepi, chef and co-owner of Noma

Learning about issues such as sustainability and locavorism are things that you need to have as part of you as a chef, because it will make you cook more delicious food.

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Dame Jane Goodall, primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist and UN Messenger of Peace

The greatest danger to our future is apathy.

The Good Farmer: in defence of (non-industrial) dairying
The Good Farmer: in defence of (non-industrial) dairying
Shaun Hendy & Paul Callaghan, Get off the Grass

Let’s move beyond a primary-sector, commodity-based economy by experimenting with niche high-value opportunities to enhance our economic diversity.

A study of our organic pasture: grasses
A study of our organic pasture: grasses
Mark Smallwood, Executive Director Rodale Institute

There’s always the pushback from the conventional model – organic can’t feed the world. And after thirty-four years (not three, or four) thirty-four years later, our data shows* yields are the same. Conventional right next to organic. When the soil is healthy, we have shown that yields are improved in the organic trials when there’s issues of drought. Up to 31% higher yields. So, there’s the beauty of growing with life.

*Started in 1981, The Farming Systems Trial (FST)® at Rodale Institute is America’s longest running, side-by-side comparison of organic and chemical agriculture.
A study of our organic pasture: white and red clover
A study of our organic pasture: white and red clover
Professor Michael Pollan, author of Cooked

There are now millions of people who spend more time watching food being cooked on television than they spend actually cooking it themselves.

Rebuilding on the edge
Rebuilding on the edge
Professor Temple Grandin, Colorado State University (animal science)

I believe the best way to create good living conditions for any animal, whether it’s a captive animal living in a zoo, a farm animal or a pet, is to base animal welfare programmes on the core emotion systems in the brain. My theory is that the environment animals live in should activate their positive emotions as much as possible, and not activate their negative emotions any more than necessary. If we get the animal’s emotions rights, we will have fewer problem behaviours. All animals and people have the same core emotion systems in the brain.

Dr Jan Wright, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

It might not be the whole solution, but a million hectares of trees would make a big difference – not to mention the added benefits for erosion and water quality.

Alex Atala: He who lives, shall see. Quem viver, verá