Grow Further is a name that inspires members on multiple levels, each rooted in history and wisdom.
First, it’s about helping crops and livestock far away grow better. As Cicero wrote, “The diligent farmer plants trees, of which he himself will never see the fruit.” In the inter-connected modern world, you will see the fruit, whether that means global peace and prosperity or simply preventing refugees from showing up on your doorstep (which was actually the initial motivation behind the Rockefeller Foundation’s extremely successful international agriculture programs). Or in the case of bananas, where an incurable disease may wipe out the entire crop of the most commonly consumed variety worldwide within 15 years, we may literally not see the fruit in the local supermarket.
Second, it’s about making the effect of your donations go further. In 1913, US Secretary of Agriculture James Wilson’s economists estimated $1000 in social benefits per $1 invested in agricultural R&D. His response: “This will never do! No one will swallow these figures! Cut it down to $500. That’s as much as we can expect the public or Congress to believe.” While 1000:1 is probably an overestimate for most individual projects, it’s not completely implausible in the aggregate–less than 0.1% of world GDP goes to agricultural research and the value of having enough food is arguably greater than that of all other material goods put together.
Third, it’s about personal growth. As Socrates wrote, “Nobody is qualified to become a statesman who is entirely ignorant of the problem of wheat.” But you can’t become a statesman by sitting in a classroom. The best way to learn is to be involved, and that’s exactly what Grow Further offers, an opportunity to get involved in changing the world regardless of where you’re coming from and what you may know or not know going into the journey. You can be part of changing the world in a big way, the kind of way that sometimes earns international humanitarian prizes.