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UTOPIA- The evolutionary revolution

Achieve sustainability in food,health,happiness and freedom by correcting the food system considering evolutionary principles and ethnicity.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

MAGICS

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small NGO (under 50 employees)

Website of Legally Registered Entity

www.utopianidea.com www.ngomagics.com

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 1-3 years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

Cochin

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

India

Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Kerala

What country is your selected Place located in?

India

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

Kerala, our birthplace, is one of the regions rich in its natural resources, beauty and biodiversity. Lying on the western side of the Western Ghats, Kerala has a diverse topography such as mountains, valleys, long sea shores and is also a land of fertile soil that can grow many kind of tropical crops. The land gave us all-season fruits such as coconut, papaya, pineapple, 36 varieties of banana, etc. and seasonal produce such as jackfruits, mangoes, guava, oranges, cashews, wide range of spices, etc. We, Keralites, have evolved here in the last 10000 years, utilizing these resources and adapting to the climatic conditions.

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

Kerala, popularly known as God's Own Country, is one of the 29 States in India which lies at the southern tip of India mainland on the west coast. Named as one of the “ten paradises of the world” by National Geographic Traveller, Kerala is famous especially for its ecotourism initiatives and beautiful backwaters, beaches, cold & cozy hill stations. The people of Kerala are known as “Keralites” since they are natives of Kerala or “Malayalee” since they speak the language Malayalam. Kerala is the only state with high Human Development Index among Indian states. This is also the state with highest literacy, sex ratio, average schooling, and life expectancy and with least maternal and neonatal mortality rates etc. Today, Kerala population is the melting pot of various races, religions and ethnic groups. The vast majority of Keralites carry two racial strains in their genetic make-up: Dravidian, and Aryan. Kerala has a rich cultural heritage. Its diverse culture is influenced by three main religions of Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam. Exquisite sculptures, music, and dance forms can be seen in the historic development of Kerala’s cultural traditions. When it comes to the agricultural part, the soil is very fertile and the sea has traditionally produced a bountiful harvest of fish. Recently, the most essential or the staple crop produced in Kerala is the rice or paddy. Besides the production of the main crop, Kerala is also a major producer of spices that form the cash crops of the state. The important spices are cardamom, cinnamon, clove, turmeric, nutmeg and vanilla. Other cash crops that constitute the agricultural sector include rubber, tea, coffee cashew, pulses, arecanut, ginger and coconut. The cuisine of Kerala is linked to its history, geography and culture. Kerala cuisine offers a multitude of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes prepared using fish, poultry and red meat with rice a typical accompaniment. Kerala food consists of many rice preparations like idli, dosa, etc. which are made from a batter prepared from rice. When it comes to the climate, Kerala is blessed with a pleasant and equable climate throughout the year. The temperature in Kerala normally ranges from 28° to 32° C on the plains but drops to about 20° C in the highlands. The climatic condition in Kerala is diverse. It can be divided into 3 seasons- winter, summer, and monsoon Now let’s talk about the population. Kerala is home to 3.34 Crores of people. As per 2011 Provisional Population Figures, Rural Population in Kerala is 17,455,506 whereas urban population in this state is 15,932,171. Having been blessed with uncountable natural resources within the narrow surface area that it has, the state is an embodiment of natural beauty which needs to be felt and apprehended in order to be enjoyed to the fullest.

What is the approximate size of your Place, in square kilometers? (New question, not required)

38000

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?

33400000

Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

Today we are in the midst of many problems such as toxic food, accumulated pollution, the resulting health issues, environmental problems and the increasing economic crisis. Although we are experiencing and understanding all these problems, solutions are still far away. Often, these problems are treated differently and try to solve them. But most problems are interconnected. When problems are treated as isolated events and unintended solutions are found, it may temporarily resolve the problem, but may not be permanent, and may cause the future to escalate. The right solution to the problem is to find the root cause. When it comes to life, there is no solution other than evolution. The food cycle is the most important part of the organic cycle. We know the food cycle of the butterfly. With proper coexistence of plants and butterflies, their life cycle is maintained in balance and without any problems.

But once the honey is gone ...

if the bees change their food...

If the seeds are not germinating ...

If only one activity in the biological cycle is interrupted, it will affect the whole function and all the related organisms will be in trouble. If we examine our current food cycle in this way, it is not cyclical. We buy food that has been cultivated in other states with pesticides and fertilizers and used preservatives and antibiotics to bring us a long way. The waste accumulates and we have garbage heaps. It's not cyclical. There are some problems with this food cycle. The first problem is that unhealthy and toxic food can cause health problems. Secondly, the food remaining needs to return to the soil and make the soil fertile. The seeds have to grow into plants and they need to be retained for ourselves and our future generation. Only then will that cycle be complete. But today they are turning into rotting garbage heaps and creating problems in our environment. We are living in a land rich in natural resources and where everything grows, but currently, we need to depend on our neighboring states for food. Since food and health care are expenses, we are also in financial trouble. All these problems are interconnected. The root causes of these problems are some alterations in the biological cycle. Sustainable solutions can be made by bringing certain changes in the organic cycle. Identifying the root causes and evolutionary solutions are the challenges.

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

If done properly, this will save the locals from many problems
1. Live by eating clean food that grows in and around its hometown. Get rid of toxic food.
2. Remains other than plastic can be used as fertilizer for plants. That way you can get rid of waste problems.
3. Once adjacent water bodies begin to be used, they will be kept clean; The sewage reaching in the river and ponds will end.
4. The more trees and plants grow, the more comfortable the weather will be. Atmospheric air will be cleaner.

5. Once people start getting good food, weather, air and water, people will become more healthy. Lifestyle diseases begin to disappear from society.

6. As physical health improves, so does mental health. Physical and mental health are directly linked.

7. As health improves and food becomes free, no bans or economic downturns will affect the residents of the area.

8. People will feel happier, more peaceful, more liberated and more proud.

9. There will be a lot of flowering plants, a variety of fruits, trees, food, and happy people all over the place and the landscape and scenery of the state will make it a beautiful place. state will get attention of the world.

10. From many parts of the world, tourists will start arriving here.

11. Natural exploitation ends when you start to get a variety of profits and income by keeping your surroundings natural and healthy. 

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

We all know that the biodiversity on earth today has evolved. Not only life but everything related to life has evolution. Our language, art, literature and science did not originate the way we see them today. All of them have evolved over time to the present form. They are all evolving. The social and personal problems we face today are all related to evolution. Whatever maybe the problem, whether it is contamination, mosquito bites or successive infectious diseases or increased sexual violence, it is related to evolution. No solution is permanent without considering evolution.

Biological activity in nature is cyclical. They are not isolated activities. Each biological activity is linked to one another in a chain.  The plant bears fruit because of the butterfly. The fruit is eaten by an organism, its seed is distributed, a new plant is formed, flowers in it, and the next generation of insects drink honey from it and repeat the above process. Any biological process in nature is part of a biological cycle.  That is, each organism has evolved as part of one or more biological cycles. If one of the functions of this biological cycle is disrupted, the rhythm of the biological cycle will be lost. Any organism related to that cycle gets into trouble. Not only that, it can also make the environment problematic. The small changes that have been made in the way of life, the little problems that have occurred in the cycle of life, have evolved with the passage of time. The idea is to look at some of the key issues in evolution and try to find a lasting solution to the problem by making human lifestyle and actions part of the biological cycle.


Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

We all know that our habits and ways of finding food have changed dramatically over the past few generations. The change in lifestyle is the consequence of the problems we face today. Let us see what change can be done by solving the problem in the biological cycle.

Food must be in our surroundings; The debris should make the surrounding soil fertile; The remaining seeds should be sprouted all around; fruits should be produced; More tasty ones should be chosen; there should be food for us as well as our future generations. Thus, we and our ecosystems must evolve together. This is the fundamental change that has to be brought in our lives.

Since water and food are indispensable for the healthy existence of life, it is also the liberty of a society for it to be freely available in and around the environment. For that, we need to turn our surroundings into 'permanent food forest'. Permanent food forest is a form of food production that does not require repetitive farming and constant care. It should only be made once. Later, this forest will continue to cycle and produce food. Approximately 50 cents of land is required to make a permanent food forest to produce enough food for a family of five. Each family can build individual food forests or a few households can make a community food forest. community food forests are more efficient. Each forest must be designed adjunct to an existing or manufactured water source. community should start using and living with this water source. The food waste should return to the soil. They can be directly applied at the roots of the plant or as an efficient fertilizer like compost.

Decentralized management of waste is conveniently disposed by using small compost pits and pets such as cows, goats, poultry, pigs, fish etc. Animals can also be used for effective waste disposal. Animals are a good option for this. It takes 40 to 45 days for the compost pile to be converted into manure, and the animals can make it in one day. It should be noted that our almost all remains can be used as food for other domestic animals. Their excretions and urine are good fertilizer. They should reach the soil. So our food waste has to make our soil fertile and we have to have our food again. So that food cycle should be completed.

We are creatures who can taste and taste not only beauty. Our spaces must be beautiful. We must be in good shade and comfort, with abundant beautiful flowers, many varieties of delicious fruits, a variety of tubers, grains and crops, growing animals and birds, many pools and trunks, small and large pools of water, and fish in which to swim. There should be places to sit, play and play. There should be pools for swimming. There must be evolutionary understanding of nature, and humans to live healthy.

This may sound like a beautiful Utopian dream that never happened. We can make changes by educating our people, inspiring and motivating our young generation with education, scientific knowledge and natural thinking. We have seen the joy, excitement and cooperation of the youth of our country when they faced problems such as the Flood, to do good. Almost everyone is convinced that we are in a bigger problem than the Flood. Only the required is the direction on what to do and how to proceed.

Today, everyone is aware of the importance of exercise in health. We are a country with lots of people who are trying to stay healthy by doing yoga, going to the gym, walking, cycling and so on. In fact, they are wasting a lot of valuable energy. That energy cycle is complete when more food is produced by spending the energy we store through food.

This work should not be carried out as a labor oriented work. In that case, it would be a ugly, unprofitable, black-collar occupations like today's farming and managing waste management. Any living thing in nature, if its way of life does not change, will have their food in their cyclical ecosystem. The reason we have to do these jobs today is because of a change in our diet and lifestyle over a few generations. Or we might have food in our surroundings where we eat and live, just as more plants starts growing and flowering when bees eat their right food, nectar or like grass is propagating when eaten by bison. Through this cyclic process that the food of all living beings is produced, except human and domestic animals. Only then the creature participate in the biological activity of nature. It should be a collective effort involving the community members, self-help groups, youths, government and non-governmental organisations in achieving this. and the community should manage the space further. 

This activity can be divided into four phases to achieve self-sufficiency by transforming an area into a permanent food forest.

Phase 1

study and master plan

It is the most important of the four. In this phase, survey and understand the evolution history and present situation of the area and people. With that data, design the activities that need to be done accordingly. Soil of the project area, rainfall, other sources of water, wind, people living there,plants and other animals should be studied and the people, their way of life, their health, the other issues they facing, their mental state etc. need to be studied. The design will be based on these things. Plant selection should be based on the importance of food self-sufficiency and variety. Plans for planting should be taken into consideration in terms of availability of sunlight, water source, proximity to debris, slopes of the land and other plant and plant life. The Master Plan should be designed with all the necessary features such as walkways through places, places to sit and play, lodging facilities for volunteers, facilities for tourists and students to come, stay and study. This work will be completed by collaborating with volunteers, NGOs and experts. This can take around one year

Phase 2:

Training and execution

The second component is the formation of a permanent food forest, gardens creating of beautiful huts, siting places, play areas etc.-according to the master plan. The environment of any organism depends on the life-style and diet of the organism. Similarly, the transformation of an organism depends on its environment. For a few generations, we have been deprived of our surroundings by living in ignorance and dependence on money. Therefore, one needs to be trained to live as part of the nature. Participants should know exactly what they are doing and why they are doing. They should be trained to use tools and small equipments, build gardens, build food forests and compost pits. Should be taught nature, to plant plants and care for pets. Need to be trained in using natural resources like bamboo, grass, clay, wood etc. and need to make them capable to create things and create beautiful huts, waiting areas and common areas. In short, a society must be trained to be a social animal.

all activities like daily works and happenings coordination, management of volunteers and social activists, tourist and students management, financial management etc will be eased  with mobile apps. Sharing of produce and information also will be managed through mobile applications and modern technologies. so powerful tech is also part of this phase.

The implementation through action and action through training has been envisaged. The groups will be divided into small groups based on the area in which they live. The work should be expanded by creating new trainers from each workshops and training more people through conducting more workshops. people can participate part time or full time according to their convenience. Through games and competitions between teams, this activity becomes more efficient, informative and more enjoyable, thus completing the task in 6 to 8 years.

Phase 3:

Caring

This phase will start parallel to phase -2. It needs less effort than the previous one. This phase includes maintenance of the facilities and caring of plants. The damaged must be re-planted, weeded, and the residues in the vicinity should be given to manure plants. Activities and observations should be written down. As plants grow, the need for labor decreases, but this phase is never ending. Activities like cutting off unwanted stems of growing plants, providing the necessary care for the plants and planting new plants where possible, and caring for pets will continue.

Phase 4: 

Enjoy

this phase will start immediately after execution. Some fruits such as banana, papaya and pineapple, and most vegetables and tubers will start producing in a year. In addition, tourists will be arriving here during this period. Thus the financial results will begin. Permanent food forest is designed so that it does not have to be repeatedly cultivated. It will contain more than a hundred fruits and a variety of tubers, vegetables, grains and animals. Many fruit trees take about six to eight years to start producing fruit. So that this phase will mature in eight years after execution, and will continue through generations.

When this fully realized, society will be self-sufficient in food, good in physical and mental health, stable in economic matters, and more importantly, changes in the environment.

 We are very proud of science and education. With this, we can set an example for the world to live scientifically and sustainable. More than that, as our land is laying along with western ghats, which is declared as world heritage site, home for huge bio-diversity can be conserved and before 2050, we can convert this place to the happiest place in the earth. 

Its repeatable any where.

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Hi Boniface Gasper 

Welcome to the Food System Vision Prize Community!

Thank you for sharing your Vision about food system in Kerala, India.

We encourage you to provide more details to build your Vision stronger. Here are some tips and questions that could be helpful:

- How might you evolve your Vision to make it more inclusive and systemic for your local food system and its numerous stakeholders? Could you explain how your Vision will address the six interconnected themes: Economics, Diet, Technology, Policy, Culture and Environment in an integrated way.

- What would life in Kerala and its people look like in 2050?

- As your Vision will be designed specifically for Kerala, we encourage you to learn more about the needs, aspirations, motivations, and challenges of the place and its people and bring the top insights together to your Vision.

You can find some guiding principles and inspiration in the Vision Prize Toolkit in Chapter 2 under Tools of Transformation: http://bit.ly/2X4ZxQk

The recording of System Thinking webinar could be helpful too: https://bit.ly/2TDxYh4

Look forward to seeing your Vision evolve through the coming weeks.