SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT SERIES ― Agriculture & Nutrition

Questions & Answers Session
Machiventa Melchizedek Via Michel Levasseur

January 2017

NOTE:
This document was produced at the request of Machiventa Melchizedek and was made from several transmissions received and transmitted by Michel Levasseur in between the months of April 2016 to June 2016. This document is an overview of a Celestial view of certain issues related to healthy Sustainable Management of some of our vital resources.

Michel Levasseur
contact@michaelnetwork.org  

Thanks to Jacques Reverseau, Donna Lynn Sarsfield and Assale for their help and contribution to the production of these documents.


Introduction - Machiventa Melchizedek:

These questions and answers allow you to have a Celestial point of view on your current ways of doing your water management. These questions and answers allow you to have a Celestial point of view on your current ways of doing your water management. I warned you about the urgency of action and gave you some ideas to make changes happen quickly, because the urgency to act is there at your doorstep. We are with you ready to help you and you will know new ways of doing in the near future. Your future steps will be co-creative with us as we are here to help you access new ways to manage your life-saving resources responsibly. This scribe made it possible to bring out our point of view on this important aspect which is the Management of the planetary water and nutrition and through it you have a document that reflects our point of view.

Machiventa Melchizedek

 

Agriculture and Nutrition

Question & Answer Session


Q-1: By its very nature, has the human being been created to be a carnivore or a vegetarian or both?

A-1: Basically humans were created to be vegetarians as it is this type of nutrition for which they are best suited and that has the most regenerative powers for its organism.

Meat may occasionally be consumed by humans but never on a regular basis. Animal meat contains hormones that are rather harmful to humans if they are ingested on frequently, however foods such as milk, eggs and cheese are less harmful and can occasionally be assimilated in small portions.

Therefore a vegetable (or vegetarian) diet is recommended, while the consumption of meat must be done sparingly and certainly not on a regular basis.

Q-2: How many humans can Earth (Gaia/Urantia) support while still being able to provide enough food?

A-2: This is a question that requires several answers.

If we consider the current population level which is about 7.5 billion individuals, then it is safe to say that your planet is capable of feeding such a large population, but you must be careful when I say “is capable of...” because that equally implies being able to supply enough clean water, and as I explained in the first part of this document, Earth is not in a position to sustain a population of 7.5 billion with its current clean water supply, but in global terms, she is capable of feeding your population but not with your current methods of managing the food supply. According to your geographical data, your population is increasing steadily and you predict that at the current rate there will be over 9 billion individuals living on your planet by 2050.

I can tell you without a doubt that Earth cannot sustain such a population. What you need to know is that for the good of this planet that we call Urantia, as well as its human population, the fauna and flora, a planet of your size with the resources that it has can properly sustain a population of around 4 billion individuals, and this is the number that you must consider if you are to live suitably with unrestricted access to food and water for each one of you.

Q-3: The current global food production system is not working because the current population is 7.5 billion but more than 1 billion are malnourished and 80 million die from it each year. What is the primary cause of this defective system?

A-3: I consider this a follow up to the last question. Your current system of feeding the world population as well as your farming methods have a lot of flaws and are in bad shape if I may say so.

You see, your current farming methods are based largely on cultivating very large areas with crops for feeding livestock as well as growing alternative energy sources to replace fossil fuels.

Also, you burn more and more of your biggest and most beautiful forests at an unsustainable rate and for the sole purpose of opening up new lands to cultivate. If you review my answer to the first question stating that humans are vegetarian by nature, then try to imagine the vast majority of your current agricultural land being better served to feed individuals rather than livestock, since it is proposed that these animals are not intended to feed humans.  

If 80 million people, who are your brothers, die each year because they cannot feed themselves properly, and another billion of your brothers have barely the minimum or less to eat, you need to get the message and change your current methods, which by the way are leading you directly to a reality that will be increasingly difficult to sustain.

You are Sons of God and you must take care of each inhabitant of this planet because each of you has the right to life and the right to take care of your needs that are essential to life.

Lastly, you must remediate and ensure that humans are fed before livestock, and to do so before agriculture is transformed into a source of energy that is mainly used to fuel your vehicles, which in turn pollutes your atmosphere.

Q-4: The planet is capable of meeting all our needs for agriculture, water and air, as long as we know how to evolve in a way that is respectful of it, i.e. respect the land, the fauna, the flora, the oceans and all that is natural by its form, and to act with respect and love in all our ways of doing. If this assertion is realistic, then are we wrong with our present methods of supplanting nature with our processes that are too often disrespectful of this planet?

A-4: This question involves a certain level of truth but touches directly on your current methods of managing your resources. Indeed your planet would certainly be able to satisfy all your current needs, but I say again that supporting a population of 7.5 billion individuals is unthinkable in the long run.

But your current ways of doing things are often contrary to what the land and nature can offer you. You clear cut and cultivate vast areas of land without consideration for the impact it has on the land and the planet, but you see, there is a major negative impact when you grow these very large areas and you destroy your forests without any forethought or respect for this land, and then fertilize chemically so that it gives you even more.

Is this a good way to do it? My answer is no because there are so many ways to do it that are simpler and more respectful of your environment and your planet and these methods are then able to give you results beyond your current expectations.

Living on this planet requires total respect for it and without that respect you cannot expect to get more than your current results in farming and food management.

You must undertake a new comprehensive and sustainable management approach and I will tell you to plan for the next 500 to 1,000 years and even more. This new way of management must take into account the fact that all this must be done with total respect for the planet and with the sole aim of being able to properly and totally feed every human being, regardless of their age, race or where they live.

By respecting your planet, it will demonstrate its love for you, and food and water will never fail and will be of great quality.

Q-5: Malnutrition is perceived as the phenomenon of not being able to feed adequately, or simply not having full access to food. Could we say that malnutrition is synonymous with poor nutrition “that is, any person who does not feed himself properly”?

A-5: Malnutrition is exactly what the word says “Mal Nourished”. In some areas, the available food is deficient at a high level and the available food is often of lesser quality. Humans must ingest a minimum amount of water and food every day to be able to survive and when this water and food fails to meet the basic needs of a population, then the phenomenon of mortality becomes obvious. Quality water and food is essential as well as having adequate access to these resources which are basic standards for achieving sustainability.

Your current ways of doing things where rich countries throw away surplus food and waste has become normal for one and all, while the poorest countries on the other hand, have an obvious lack of food and people are starving because they do not have adequate access to food.

Let's say that a return to balance in your way of managing food globally would ensure that everyone could be fed and deaths caused by malnutrition could be eliminated.

Q-6: What would be the ideal food intake for a human to live a healthy life depending on where he lives?

A-6: We cannot give a general answer to this question since we must take into account the region where the individuals reside and live.

For example, individuals who live in the more northerly regions need more energy to struggle with more difficult conditions, while individuals living in tropical regions need less energy, but they need more water.
Your scientists know these factors very well and have the right answers to this question. They are able to determine the actual needs of each according to their climates as well as other factors that must also be considered.

Q-7: Several studies by the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), including the challenge of feeding the world's population in 2050 which is estimated to be at 9 billion people. With the upcoming global changes and the population reduction estimated at about 50%, do the challenges that are presented in this study need to be revisited?

A-7: Indeed, at the current rate, the population will not be able to continue to progress because you have already reached too many individuals for your planet to support.
 
So the FAO plans for 2050 cannot be implemented because there will be a decimation of the population in the near future and it is realistic to expect that your population will be greatly reduced.

Q-8: Currently there is an obvious disparity in nutrition between rich and poor countries, and this produces serious problems of obesity in rich countries and malnutrition in poor countries. What do you propose as a solution to solve this problem?

A-8: The best solution would be a complete overhaul of your current methods. You must set up a comprehensive program to manage your resources, including agriculture and food, so that you can support each of your populations while respecting the land and your planet.

You have to think long-term in order to have a global view and be able to put together a plan for the sustainable management of your agriculture and how you can feed people well. Feeding each individual implies that agriculture and nutrition must no longer face borders and competition, as these resources are essential to life and, like water, you must act in order to be able to give access to this food to everyone regardless of age, race and provenance.

Responsible food management requires a different way of thinking and this new way of thinking must be accompanied by total respect for the planet.

Q-9: The current industrial monoculture uses a large amount of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides that cause a lot of long-term problems in addition to enriching only a monopoly of companies that have the power to influence decision makers and impose their point of view. How long will this kind of agriculture survive without causing irreparable damage to the soil and reaching a point of no return?

A-9: This is a serious problem that results from your current methods of farming.

I mentioned in a previous answer that this is not sustainable in the long term, it cannot be sustained for a long time.

All these chemicals you put into your farmland and your crops are very harmful because they prevent microorganisms from multiplying and acting positively on your lands and crops. These microorganisms are essential for sustainable and responsible management of your farm land, and these chemicals only make the problem worse.

You think that every year these methods contribute to excellent returns and it is true that these returns are, so to say, very good, but you do not realize what is happening in the land and all the damage that you cause.

A lot of these chemicals end up in your drinking water and they greatly pollute your water, and your crops are also contaminated with these products. Your cereals made from these harvests are also contaminated with these products.

So all these methods of fertilizing your land, as well as your ways of fighting to keep your crops healthy, make you destroy the land on which these crops grow. In the short term, you are in a position to support this approach as you have been supporting it for decades but in a global and responsible way. Monoculture over very large areas using a significant amount of chemicals cannot be sustained for the long term.

Q-10: Would it be desirable to develop new ways of managing local, regional and global agricultural policies that affect diet and nutrition?  

A-10: This question is divided into several levels and will likewise be answered: Local policies: In a local or municipal setting, the community must be at the service of its citizens and must put in place a policy that will help the community to manage its agricultural methods in order to become self-sufficient in its basic nutritional needs.

What needs to be understood is that the locally elected representatives should be able to acquire local agricultural land and put that farmland at the service of its fellow citizens. Also, these elected officials should promote and implement an education program on the best methods of managing these agricultural lands so that all citizens can participate to put the “wheels in motion” as you say and thus become involved in the creation of community gardens that should include growing fruit, vegetables and other crops for the community.

It is a bit like having a local market but for the benefit of all and everyone. Elected officials, with the help of competent people, should be able to educate citizens on how to conserve the usufruct of crops so that they can be stored for the cold seasons in the more northerly regions or for any circumstances that may arise in case of shortage.

Regional policies: A regional agricultural policy should foresee and establish an operational method that would be standard in each municipality forming part of each region. It would be important for each municipality to share information and knowledge of their efforts and methods of creation of local agriculture.

Some specialists, such as agronomists and other specialists, may function on a regional level to provide assistance and training to local communities, thus meeting some of the more specific needs of these localities.

Another measure to be undertaken at the regional level would be the sharing of resources such as specialized equipment and other such resources.

Provincial policies: We could also group regions into provinces and then group all regions as a country.
At this level, it will be important to put into practice sustainable agricultural policies that will make each region and each municipality responsible for the long term.

By bringing together several regions under one roof, it will be easier to establish broader responsible policies with common objectives based on responsibility. Territorial and National Policies: At this level, the establishment of responsible management policies based on the territory, the climate and regional disparities would be needed. However there should be a comprehensive policy that will allow each individual to be able to meet its basic nutritional needs and if there is a surplus or overabundance, determine how the surplus will be administered and preferably routed to the communities that would be in a nutritional deficit, even if they are outside the territory or country.

Global Policies: It is at this level that the management of worldwide agriculture should be undertaken, taking into account the real needs at the planetary level (here we are speaking of all nutritional requirements for life and survival).

A Planetary Food Resource Management program should be put in place and appropriate ways of sharing it should be planned to make it equitable and available to all. Responsible and sustainable management of these resources requires right from the start that all individuals living on this planet have a fundamental right to these resources to meet their basic nutritional needs.

Q-11: How can we go about identifying tools that could help align agricultural policies with health goals and overall sustainable management for human nutrition?

A-11: Here we talk about quality and quantity in the way of eating.

Initially, in developed countries, you have set up an industry that takes charge of supplying you with food because very few among you are self-sufficient, so you leave it up to these big companies to create your food. For the most part, the majority of the food you consume is mass produced in factories using additives of all kinds to preserve its flavor and freshness.

You have created chains of restaurants called “Fast Food” because you no longer take the time to relax and feed yourself well.

What would happen if a major drama were to happen and you would not be able to access this food because the shelves would be empty in your supermarkets and the distribution of food would no longer be available for some time?

So to answer this question and to avoid running out of food, you have to regain control of your food supply as I mentioned in my answer to the previous question.

Ingesting fresh vegetables, fresh fruit and food without additives is what you need to undertake quickly and stop relying on all this mass produced food. A better solution is to not frequent all those “Fast Food” establishments that only prevent you from returning to your own growing methods, even if this method is only a simple little garden in your backyard. Which will prove to be more rewarding and more nutritious while eating your own food.

Unfortunately many health problems are caused by the food you ingest too often in too great a quantity (here we refer to the populations of the developed countries). You need to eat well and consume this food to meet your nutritional needs and not more, because overconsumption is not recommended. Comprehensive and sustainable global food management for good nutrition should contain the basic principles I mentioned to you in the previous question.

Q-12: The current industrialized agriculture and the “industrial food systems” thereunder, has demonstrated its ineffectiveness at properly feeding the world besides creating serious environmental problems. Would the solution to solve this problem as an effective solution be a new type of Agro-ecological farming?

(Agro ecology is a way of designing production systems that rely on the functionality of ecosystems, amplifying them while reducing environmental pressures – e.g. reducing the use of synthetic fertilizers and phytosanitary products, etc. – and to preserve natural resources such as water, energy and minerals, etc. This requires making maximum use of nature as the production factor while maintaining its renewal capacities.)

A-12: Well that's an interesting question and it touches directly on the area of accountability and sustainability.

You see, Agro ecology as described in this question is a basic criterion for sustainable management of agriculture. Respecting the earth and the planet is a primordial element in a healthy management of food.
Limiting and even eliminating chemicals is also essential because the collateral damage they cause is greater than the benefits derived therefrom.

Finally, the use of water in agriculture will have to be reviewed in order to obtain maximum efficiency from minimal use of this water. It is not necessary to use 100 liters of water if the actual requirement is 10 liters, when it is used efficiently to gain the desired results.

Q-13: A method of local and regional agro ecological cultivation is undoubtedly a solution to be considered for sustainable agriculture, are there other methods of agriculture that might be desirable for a sustainable agriculture that can feed the entire population and bring each of the regions to self-sufficiency?

A-13: There are a thousand and one ways to bring about responsible agriculture and achieve sustainability that would feed each individual on an ongoing and very long term basis. Your scientists already know many excellent methods of cultivation and many of these methods are already applied in certain regions of your planet and they demonstrate excellent viability in the short and medium term.

Each of these known methods, as well as other methods that you will discover in a movement of co-creativity with Us, will allow you to manage globally and responsibly your agriculture and thus be able to restore worldwide equity and be able to feed each human for a very long time.

Finally, the goal of sound sustainable management of your agriculture is to ensure that you have the capacity to support this long-term management with responsible and sustainable plans.

Q-14: Climate diversity in different regions of the world seem to present a problem at the agricultural level, such as the Nordic countries, very hot countries and those without regular rainfall, non-fertile land, etc. What would be the solutions to solve this problem and be able to feed the populations of these regions adequately?

A-14: To answer this question, it all comes down to saying that you must undertake global management of your food resources. You have to determine which are the surplus producing regions, those which are self-sufficient and which regions are deficient in food. Based on these findings, it will be easier to put forward a committee of experts and scientists who could put in place effective management policies for these resources with the ultimate goal of feeding each individual.

In short, you must always return to the same answer and that is responsible and sustainable management of food at all levels and areas: local, regional, territorial and global.

Q-15: Currently, there are major challenges to the development of farming techniques in the context of sustainable development: preservation of resources (water and soil), limiting various pollutants, conflict management. From your point of view, are there other challenges?

A-15: Definitely, you still have a lot of challenges other than those mentioned.

I will give you two basic challenges that are important and that you will need to address in order to produce sustainable and simple agriculture.
 
Agriculture at its core is the notion of growing a nutritious plant from a seed. Your primary challenge will be to master the basics of that agriculture, to know what the soil needs to do to germinate the seed, what nutrients the germinated seed will need for growth (nutrients that are other than your Chemicals).

The perfect mastery of this basic concept must be understood and put into practice without resorting to the techniques that are currently used.

You see, farming is so simple because everything is within your reach and in a natural way. The Earth (which we call Urantia) is capable of producing high yield and high quality agriculture that does not require complicated techniques or chemical additives of any kind. You have to get back to basics with simplistic farming and this will be one of your first challenges.

The other challenge will be the establishment of a local farming industry which will take into account the resources available and the local climate. Each region can optimize its farming according to their local and regional needs with simple and well managed methods.

It only requires a small group of people who have the basic knowledge and local/regional farming ideas to set up a farming industry to serve their people. Feeding a local/regional population through agriculture does not require grandiose means, because it is enough to apply the previously mentioned principle to the challenge and to adapt it to the climate of your region.

You will have to follow this principle of simplicity and know what the needs of your local population are.
These are two important challenges that you will have to face in the short term in order to produce sustainable agriculture. There are many other challenges you will face, but these are the simplest and quickest to achieve. We will stick to these challenges for now.

Q-16: It would also be interesting to talk about aquaculture in terms of sustainably feeding the population. Recently, aquaculture has provided more than 50% of fish stocks for human consumption. In your view, can aquaculture be an additional viable solution in an overall sustainability process?

A-16: Aquaculture is undeniably a resource that must be considered sustainable and put forward on a larger scale on your planet.

Your current situation of overfishing your oceans does not allow the fish stock to regenerate at the same rate as your catch. You tap into this resource abusively and as a result it diminishes and is no longer able to renew itself.

Your fishermen are seeing this decrease in the resource and your scientists are very aware of this fact and they have no short-term solutions to solve this problem. It is becoming evident that overpopulation is the main cause.

So aquaculture in a normal planetary environment without overpopulation would obviously be desirable because this industry could generate a quality food supply in sufficient quantity to meet certain nutritional needs.

Currently, your aquaculture methods are good and some countries in northern Europe are doing very well in high quality salmon aquaculture.

Q-17: There are completely opposite opinions about GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). According to your Celestial point of view, are GMOs desirable and viable in agriculture?

A-17: In principle GMOs in agriculture are products of genetic modifications that do not really cause basic problems because genetically modifying a plant to improve its quality is certainly viable and this allows you to generate healthy and high quality crops. As long as the genetic modifications of plants are only aimed at improving them, then we are in favor of this way of doing things.

However, when genetics go beyond the modification of the plant to improve its quality by adding attributes other than those that improve its quality and productivity, such as increasing its resistance to insects, droughts and others by introducing new genes, then these changes are not good ways of doing things and do not fit the vision of sustainability.

We are not going to elaborate on this for the time being as we will look more deeply into this subject in the near future.

Q-18: To achieve viable and sustainable agriculture so that everyone can eat properly requires changes in our lifestyles. Should these changes happen quickly or be spread out over a period of 25 to 30 years or more?

A-18: Humans have very different habits across the regions and continents where they live, and within these regions and continents living habits vary widely. Changes in lifestyle will largely happen by the gradual phasing out of red meat consumption, such as beef. This change will be phased in over the next century by adopting a diet that will be increasingly more vegetarian.

Also, foods based on dairy products will be gradually replaced by more plant based foods, but this transition will take longer than the transition away from red meat.

Consumption of fish and other seafood will remain present in your lifestyle and it will become the basic source of protein to replace meat. However the basic and primary source of food will be plant based.
We do not foresee these as short-term changes or even over periods of 25 to 30 years but more gradually over the course of generations.

Q-19: We currently have a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts that are able to meet human nutritional requirements. Is it logical to think that in the near future, new plant species will be introduced to increase the quantity and quality of our crops for feeding the population?

A-19: Your current plants produce a variety of high quality nutrients, these plants are able to meet the natural needs of humans for food and livelihoods.

Whether new species could be introduced on your planet in the future, well, it is possible but still uncertain. However, what is desirable is that with our help and co-creatively, your geneticists can create new and more productive plants better adapted to the different climates of your planet.

Your current knowledge allows you to create plants that are more efficient and better suited to certain climates.

Q-20: Agriculture for producing biofuels monopolize much of the arable land, while many regions are undernourished. My question refers to more than one area but if arable land for biofuel production would be converted into land used to feed the population and if biofuel requirements would be removed by the arrival of free energy, would we be in a position to better serve the population in its basic need to eat properly?

A-20: Agriculture for producing biofuels will effectively be abandoned because in the near future, fossil fuels will be abandoned and replaced by a green and renewable energy.

Your scientists have already mastered certain alternatives to fossil fuels and are making great strides in these new resources. What you see today in terms of renewable green energy is only a meager part of what your scientists are able to master because they are much more advanced than what we offer you, and would be able to eliminate your need for fossil fuels very quickly.

Also, we will introduce on this planet a completely free and non polluting energy, and this energy comes directly from the universe and is called Ultimatonic energy. In the near future you will learn more about this new source of energy.

Q-21: Pollination of flowering plants and other plants by bees is necessary and essential for fruit growing. Currently there is a huge decline in bee colonies that may be caused by insecticides containing neonicotinoid molecules. If no changes are made in how to handle some crops, is it possible that the bee population could disappear permanently, causing irreparable harm?

A-21: A major cause of the collapse of your bee colonies is in fact the neonicotinoids, which were introduced in your crops through seeds that have been genetically modified, and this is an example of a bad gene manipulation at the plant level.

Large scale monoculture with these modified seeds are causing great harm to natural pollinators such as bees and bumblebees and is the leading cause of death. There are other factors killing bees and bumblebees but the damage is not the same and much less important. All insecticides help destroy and eliminate these important insects.

A plant that produces fruit must be pollinated, and this work is done by bees and bumblebees as well as pollen wasps, and without them this work would have to be done by man, which is a huge task.

Indeed, populations of pollinators on your planet are declining tremendously and you must change your farming methods and respect nature and its way of doing things, because now your farming methods are not in harmony with sustainable agriculture and the natural pollination by bees and bumblebees must be part of your farming.

We see the “snowball” effect in your current farming methods as you try to solve a problem by generating new ones that are even more negative in the short term.

Your scientists are aware of this and are greatly worried and many know that large scale monoculture with seeds modified in this way should be abandoned as soon as possible.

Finally, if we want sustainable agriculture that will benefit the human population, and to totally respect your beautiful planet, this kind of farming should be abandoned to make way for a simple, healthy agriculture, for the benefit of humanity.


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