Welcome to our website which will give you information about our book ‘The Azolla Story’.
What is Azolla?
Azolla is a unique plant that has been worshipped for thousands of years in India and the Far East. It needs no soil or land to grow and yet it is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, providing an unlimited supply of renewable food, livestock feed and biofertilizer.
How is it able to do that?
We now know that Azolla is no ordinary plant. It represents the fusion of two very different organisms into a new type of superorganism, and the chance of this happening is astronomically small. It has only occurred twice before in the four and a half billion year history of our planet, when the first two fusion events gave rise to all eukaryotic cells with a nucleus, and eventually to all plants and animals, including ourselves.
Without those first two events, our planet would be a faceless bacterial world.
So Azolla is an entirely new type of superorganism that has never existed before on our planet. It represent the ‘Third Event’ and this has enormous implications for ourselves and for all life on our world.
Who are we?
We are a father and daughter team who care deeply about the future of our planet, including that of our children and our cousins, the other species who share our beautiful world. We believe that the path to the future lies in working with our fellow species, rather than against them, and that the way forward is to reconnect with nature and our roots.
This may sound idealistic, but our approach is pragmatic and firmly grounded in science. Dr Jonathan Bujak is a paleontologist with more than 100 scientific publications. He has worked in the Arctic for 40 years, studying its geology and the massive changes that occurred as the climate changed from the greenhouse world of the dinosaurs, to our present icehouse world with its permanent glaciation at both poles and succession of devastating glacial-interglacial cycles.
But those ice ages moulded mankind and made us who we are – a resilient species standing on the threshold of great things. For we are the first species in the Earth’s four and a half billion year history to leave its home planet and travel into space; the first species that has developed the technology to manipulate its genetic code and that of other species, by-passing evolution for the first time.
And with that technology comes enormous responsibility, not just to ourselves, but to other species, for we are opening a Pandora’s Box that has huge implications. And we also have to weather the Perfect Storm – shortages of land, food, freshwater and energy, and the threat of man-made climate change, as our population passes seven billion.
So the decisions that we make today will not only affect the future of our own species, but also that many others, as well as entire ecosystems.
Jonathan’s daughter, Alexandra, is an environmental scientist who is developing Azolla’s potential to help us weather the Perfect Storm. This includes its ability to sequester the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and convert it directly into renewable food, biofertilizer, livestock feed and biofuel anywhere in the world.
But Azolla’s abilities are largely unrecognized in the West, so we set up the Azolla Foundation to disseminate information about Azolla and develop a global network to promote its use. The resulting group of Associates ranges from small-hold farmers in India to world-renowned geneticists in North America, but they all share a belief in this remarkable plant’s unique abilities.
The Azolla Story
And we also decided to write a book, ‘the Azolla Story’, which will be published in 2017, to promote knowledge about Azolla and its uses. We believe that this unique plant can help us move away from the outdated 20th Century structure of long-distance transportation of food and energy, to a new 21st Century global network of self-sufficient communities connected by the internet into a global village.
Does this sound far-fetched?
This website will provide the material that underpins our book, including scientific publications, reference material, graphics, and the background to individual chapters in the book. It also includes an outline of the book’s contents, with samples of the text, to give you a flavor of its style and contents.
Thank you for your help as you to join us on our voyage of discovery through time and space.
Alexandra and Jonathan Bujak
June 2016 update
We have decided to temporarily take most of the text off the website because some of it has been copied and used elsewhere.
In the meantime, there is more information about Azolla on our other website: http://theazollafoundation.org/
…. and our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheAzollaFoundation
As soon as the book is completed, we will upload the text again, plus new information for additional chapters and supporting material for the book.
We can send you an email to let you know when that is done. If you would like us to do that, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org