Wikipedia articles about IFOAM and GAP


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Ideas of sustainable sanitation and sustainable agriculture as a package

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Dear Heiner,

You wrote:

The wikipedia article about reuse of excreta is great and comprehensive. You worked on it? Should be spread to pupils as well as politicians, students, environmentalists, journalists a.s.o.

Thank you. Yes, I did a lot of work on it. Yes, it should be spread and the good thing is that Wikipedia is widely used by exactly those people that you mentioned. For any Wikipedia article you can see online how much it gets read. The one on "reuse of excreta" is rather specialised but it still gets around 65 views per day:

And yes, I have done heaps of Wikipedia editing and am always on a mission to try and recruit other SuSanA members as well. See here:

And you wrote:

Since I am not a scientist I won't be able to give substantial input to wikipedia. But obviously you do. So if you have any questions about agriculture just let me know and I will you help if I can.

Wrong! You don't need to be a scientist at all. You just need to be someone who wants to help others to find information about topics that you care about. Those things that you wrote in your post a few days ago about IFOAM: that kind of information can be included in the Wikipedia article about IFOAM if we think it's important for laypersons to know that. Anyone can edit any Wikipedia article but any new additions need to have a reference to go with it so that it can be verified by others who are watching the page and are doing quality assurance in the background. That's pretty much in a nutshell how Wikipedia works.

So what do you reckon? Do the Wikipedia articles on IFOAM and GAP require improvements? I think so. Do you have suggestions for content that should be added or things that ought to be deleted or written differently? Most likely you do. :-) You know much more about these things than I do! We can work together on this if you like. Perhaps other SuSanA members are keen to participate as well.
(by the way, sometimes the content in the German language Wikipedia is more advanced than the English language Wikipedia for some topics; in that case, we can take the German content, translate it and add it to the English Wikipedia page. Easy!).

Wikipedia is a wonderful tool to bridge the knowledge gaps between different sectors, using language and terms that everyone can understand.

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