I like natural ingredients like you, free of pesticides and chemical additives. For a long time, I have been designing and doing participatory research with agave farmers in tequila firms. Since 1985 as a young student I started to work with blue agave agriculture and also tequila and mezcal sectors. With a huge experience in methods and traditional knowledge, I would like to share with all my audience in Agave Lessons educational program the options for better solutions in agriculture.
The goal is to take action for sustainable agriculture in monocrops like blue agave (Agave tequilana) for tequila and also in espadín for mezcal (A. angustifolia). There are so many basic things at a primary level to do in agricultural systems to improve. Small changes could carry enormous benefits for the environment and people, particularly in monocrops with extensive monoculture areas like in bananas, palms, and blue agave.
After covid-19 threats, it's amazing how the massive call for better practices in agriculture is expanding all over the world. Agave lessons begin in 2021 a special program communicating for educational purposes better practices in agave-agriculture (agaveculture). We know the big steps taken by the tequila industry, and the ambitious carbon emissions plan done with Centro Mario Molina. However, there are more areas and agents in these industries needing to participate in this challenge.
It is not just to act in the bat's conservation, it is urgent to conserve soils cultivated with agave plantations. It is a good choice to use bagasse for construction blocks but is tremendously important to make a circular economy route. The water supply and recycle technology are important issues in both industries.
With this invitation, I suggest this question: what am I doing in 2021 in agave plantations as good practices in sustainable agriculture? There are many good options be sure. I invite you to participate, exchange, promote Agave Lessons, and do new small practices for big transformations.
We deserve fewer chemical compounds in our environments, beverages, and food. The goal is also to decrease the low carbon emissions in agriculture. All the world wants to know how we improve from monocropping agriculture to better practices in agricultural systems. Soon a new chapter in Agave Lessons dedicated to talking about the best practices in agriculture for sustainable production ways in agave plantations and wild population management for tequila, mezcal, and for other products like bacanora, raicilla, sotol, agave syrups, and agavins (agave fructans).
We love plurality, inclusion, and diversity. You could see and listen to our list of participants: researchers, scientists, technicians, producers, farmers, agroecology trainers, brand owners, hospitality professionals, consumers, and more.
I invite you to participate in this 2021 challenge, you're welcome!
Let's talk about sustainability! Are you ready?