Transformational changes in how food is grown, harvested, distributed, eaten and disposed of are crucial for decreasing the negative environmental and social impacts of the food system.
It is not enough to focus solely on the deforestation prevented within the boundaries of a reserve or protected area. Rather, we must look at whether a reserve helps to reduce deforestation and preserve biodiversity across a wider ecosystem.
Land and water are integral components of capital accumulation: they are means of wealth accumulation. In a capitalist system, rivers are largely defined as instruments of labor. This paradigm posits that it is logical, if not natural, for humans to subjugate nature to extract resources and access wealth.