2015 TEDxAruba | Joseph Simcox
September 23, 2015
“Joseph Simcox will be speaking at TEDxAruba on September 23rd, 2015 and he will present his case for an agricultural revolution that will change the future of food. Joseph intends to show why Aruba, a tiny tropical desert island is poised to lead the world in desert food production research. Joseph’s assertion is backed by decades of experience. Nature and human tradition have been his inspiration. His pursuits of knowledge around the globe have been frenetic. In the last 14 years he has led over 300 expeditions to the farthest flung reaches of the planet. His motive? To discover, document and share with the world a story: the story of man in relation to plants and food. Joseph Simcox, “The Botanical Explorer” is a world expert on the world’s food plant resources and arguably has tracked down and eaten more plants than anyone else on the planet. He is also a world renowned seed collector and speaks all over the world about the future of food. He has lectured at venues across the globe and is on the beat to spread the message that the pessimistic portrayal of future food security is the gross and uneducated result of a narrow interpretation of food plant resources.
The significance of his work is inestimable; with headlines everywhere warning of the cataclysms to come due to changing climates, political instability, burgeoning populations and food shortages – and little solace to the contraire, Joseph brings a unique and positive perspective about the future of real food security on this planet. His message is relevant to all. “Whom among us does not eat?”, he asks. And because the answer is everyone, food IS, he claims, the ultimate unifier. Strangely, the most important thing to our physical existence is also the one in which we are now in most modern societies most detached from. Because the vast majority of us no longer produce but a fragment of our own food, we are helplessly detached from food production, and even more sadly, from the knowledge that once was. Joseph’s work – as he defines it – is one of “retrovation”- going back and rediscovering what humans once knew. Joseph argues that the bigger picture also matters and that the world desperately needs scholarly generalists to address broad, multi-disciplinary questions. At world conferences, he is often asked where he did his doctorate studies; his reply is simply:
“No one on the planet could have taught me what I know.” He has tracked down edibles from the Arctic to the fringes of Patagonia, from the deserts of southern Africa to the jungles of Papua New Guinea, in all he has traveled to over 105 countries in his efforts. Presently, he is in the Ukraine studying the food traditions of the Soviet Union’s former “bread basket.” Joseph points out that “an infatuation of technology dominates our modern mindset and foolishly we often invest way too much trust in myopic technological solutions before considering the relevance of resources, of cultural experience and tradition. Saying that, he laments that traditional knowledge is imperiled and that much of his work is constructive rather that investigative. “We have lost so much in our race to go forward; now it is time to take account and look back.” Joseph has no real fixed home, he travels incessantly and calls any place he lays his head “home”. You can find more about Joseph and his work at his website explorewithjoseph.com or follow him on Facebook.”
A Botanical Explorer with a Passion for Crops
October 27, 2016
GreenTech Summit Livestream
Meet Mr. Joseph Simcox, botanical explorer and food-plant ecologist from the US, as he was interviewed for the GreenTech Summit Livestream and shared his mission: to ultimately increase biodiversity in the plant kingdom by traveling the globe to identify, collect, grow and preserve some of the rarest species of plants known by man. He captivated the audience with his stories and intriguing personality.