150: Surprise Surprise | English | Printed

by Gunter's Fables

An armadillo and an iguana are strolling through the Las Gaviotas forest talking about the importance of biodiversity, ecosystems and forest regeneration. We observe how the forest is an ideal space in which to find how every niche, from the canopy to the ground, is colonised. The power of forests lies in the utilisation of space in three dimensions: from the canopy to the thick layer of topsoil. In this space, multiple products can thrive that, as a whole, outperform the mass production of soy, maize or meat – which were the reasons for the forests to be cut down in the first place. The regeneration of the rainforests, now proven, allows us to imagine a highly productive food and nutrition system that, over the next few decades, is capable of responding to people’s basic needs.

This Fable was inspired by Dr. Sandra Knapp. she heads the Algae, Fungi and Plants Division at the Department of Life Sciences of the Natural History Museum, in London (UK).

Gunters Fables are structured to include the following learning guides and categories: Did you Know, Think about it, Teachers and Parents Guide, Academic Knowledge, Emotional Intelligence, The Arts, Systems: Making the Connections, Capacity to Implement and who the Fable is Inspired By!

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