John Jeavons is known internationally as the leading researcher, developer,
teacher and consultant of small-scale food production techniques utilizing
Biointensive culture. He is the author of the best-selling text How
to Grow More Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops
Than You Ever Thought Possible On Less Land Than You Can lmagine (Ten
Speed Press) which has gone into 6 editions in 7 languages plus Braille
and has over 400,000 copies in print worldwide. He has authored, co-authored
or edited over 30 publications on this high-yielding, resource-conserving
Biointensive approach. Jeavons' food-raising methods are being used in
over 110 countries and by such organizations as UNICEF, Save the Children,
and the Peace Corps.
The comprehensive and sustainable cropping system developed
by Jeavons enables people in all regions of the world to grow a balanced
diet on a small plot of land. Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Bob
Bergland said of his work, "There are probably a billion people
in the world who are malnourished. The Jeavons approach could enable
that segment of the population to feed itself adequately for the first
time ever. That would be a remarkable development in this world, and
would do more to solve the problems of poverty, misery and hunger than
anything else we've done."
A political science graduate of Yale University, Jeavons
worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
and Stanford University before devoting the past 30 years to the development
of Biointensive techniques. He has been the recipient of the Boise Peace
Quilt Award (1988), the Giraffe Award for public service (1989), the
Santa Fe Living Treasure Award (1989) and the Steward of Sustainable
Agriculture Award (2000). He has also been a nominee for the Noetic Sciences
Altruism Award (1992), the World Food Prize (1993 and 1995) and the Pew
Scholars Award in Conservation and the Environment (1995). In 1988, "Circle of
Plenty," a PBS-TV documentary about Jeavons and his work, aired
nationally. He is also one of those featured in "The Living Land" (1999),
a PBS-TV documentary. Major publications have featured his work including
the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago
Tribune and the Christian Science Monitor. His invitations to lecture
have included China, Kenya, Russia, Bhutan, Nepal, Mexico and Canada.
Jeavons is a moving speaker who is frequently sought to
address national and international conferences and university audiences.
He has addressed the World Food Conference at Clemson University as the
keynote speaker, and has taught classes at Stanford University and given
lectures at Universities throughout Mexico. Audiences are enriched by
his message of the important role individuals play in providing solutions
to world environment and food challenges.
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