Practicing that which is Preached F13
Crowder, Robert, A.
Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand
|From the perspective of this paper the organic
Renaissance occured during the 1970's, spawned by the disillusionment of the Indo-Chinese
conflict and crystallised by the fuel crisis of 1973.
Across the western world isolated pockets of holistic thinking began to accumulate fundamentalistic principles and justify them into scientific credibility through the eatablishment of organic research centres and organisations increasingly globally linked through the development of IFOAM.
Driven by increasingly concerning environmental issues and global disasters, the power of the people has slowly brought into question the credibility of science and technology and created a demand for a different pathway of progress which has increasingly caught the imagination of commerce even while the grass roots of production, formal education and much of science has languished in the age old paradigm.
This paper explores these issues from the standpoint of education and extension within the existing paradigm from a personal perspective at a tertiary institution. It examines the successes, failures and compromises and the relevence of the emergence from the establishment of, "Latter Day Saints of environmentalism", as an answer to the global environmental crisis.