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Help us feed the next billion and reduce poverty
However, Xochimilco is in grave danger of disappearing. Much of its water is polluted; much of its agriculture land is being sold for housing development; and the local farmers are poor and beset by the growing problems of the transformation of their land into a poor suburb of Mexico City. By saving Xochimilco we will:
To feed a peak population of 8 to 11 billion, the World needs highly productive, profitable and sustainable agriculture systems. In Xochimilco we have a living example with a thousand years of track record.
Unfortunately, Xochimilco is threatened by irresponsible tourism, water pollution, excessive water extraction, urbanization, chemical agriculture, invasive species and abandonment. At the present rate of destruction, there might be nothing left in 10 years.
In 2016, Keystone, a think tank in Mexico, partnered with the Resiliency Agency of Mexico City (of 100 Resilient Cities) and with Rebuild by Design, of New York, to develop a plan to rescue Xochimilco. The main two actions are to provide clean water and to regenerate the agriculture of Xochimilco. If we have clean water, we can have a healthy wetlands ecosystem. If we have a healthy ecosystem, the chinampa system thrives and we can have highly productive, organic produce. High quality, organic produce with a high cultural content in a city of over 20 million inevitably embodies a high value. Through the latest blockchain technologies, we will integrate the value chain that captures the inherent value of the chinampa produce and adds more value to it. We are bringing together the best success stories to regenerate Xochimilco.
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