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Consutant in Agro Forestry,

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Document all traditional knowledge (positive human heritage) in order to rebuild sustainable farming. See ; Human Humane Economy

Very little of the most important human knowledge remain today. Every countries should make it their priority because as the understanding of sustainable development fades away, our survival is directly dependant on that ...Yet this is one of the 7 most essential capitals for our survival that we ignore...and destroy....without realising because we have been mislead and confused.
The only ones who have experienced sustainable development and who could and should teach it are not the academics or the writers of manuals, they are at the very bottom of the"lather" they are not valued nor recognized yet they are the ones we need as teachers. : A great confusion 200 years ago caused Europeans to adopt speculative theories concerning the nature of human development including false economic theories instead of maintaining the respect due to their ancestors. This led to the last fall and directed the whole of modern humanity into the current dead end. To this day we have no evidence of the validity of these theories, theories founded on a pirate heritage rather than on a truly human (social) heritage. On the contrary, all social and environmental indicators point towards their utter insufficiency.
The birth of humanity
Definition: Agro-ethology
The study of behavior directly related to agriculture the foundation of human evolution.
The human species is agricultural by necessity and agriculture cannot be separated from human nature. Human nature the roots of humanity its traditions and religions are the behaviors that have made and determined humanity. The true human religion is a series of precepts (recommended behaviours) of economic and social principles that have allowed a sustainable development from its origin until the present modern era from vegetarian gatherers to hunters of insects and other animal resources to farmers of agroforestry. From unconsciously to consciously humans have complexified their symbiosis with plants and animals in their environment


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  • May 15 2012: I have been documenting over 1000 useful species in Belize alone as well as other info about ancient agro forestry. It is not that expensive if well trained ethno botanist were apointed to do it and didn't look only for medicinal plants for pharmaceutical companies as it is mostly done. there is no time to waste because there is only one generation left of knowledgeable traditionalists.
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      May 16 2012: That's true, Mario, it's urgent. Soon, a lot of cultures and languages will go extinct.

      But about the costs involved: it will be less expensive if you work with people who already know the culture. If you work with outsiders, it takes a lot of time to adapt, learn the language, etc... and that costs money.

      So to document traditions, we should preferrably work with insiders, and train them, instead of bringing expats to the job.

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