The next layer of industrial agriculture is already being developed and field-tested. It incorporates artificially intelligent computers, autonomous robots, self-flying drones, and advanced genetic designs. All this “intelligence” is based on the “more is better” principle of squeezing ever more nutrient-void calories from our depleted soils. In other words, more “overproduction.”
Before we as a society sanction the next “green revolution,” it is important to understand that there are alternatives to a food-producing machine that seems hell-bent on killing us. And some of those alternatives just might have the power to do other radical things like rebalance the Earth’s climate and save our oceans.
If we are to survive on this little blue ball hurtling through space at 67,000 miles per hour, humanity must come to terms with this immutable reality: Our only possible future depends directly on our ability to save the very thing we stand on. Soil, dirt, sand, dust—call it what you will—the way we care for this precious foundation will determined the fate of our species. That fate is not a “someday maybe” kind of fate. It’s today. It’s right now.
Right. This. Second.
The clock is ticking. Time is in motion. But for all our button clicking technology in this age of wonderment, we remain frozen.
Let this not be like a car crash seen in retrospect as through in slow motion. Let this instead be a defining moment for our abilities, our understanding, and our greatness.
Soil just might save us. But we are going to have to save it first.
I am not talking about a slow revolution of our food system. I am instead calling for an all-out revolution. Not a violent one. This revolution must be founded in the peace and respect and reverence for the very nature to which we are bound. It must be true to the Latin root of the word revolution: “revolutio,” which means “a turn around.”
Regardless of how you might feel about Climate Change the facts are simple. Carbon dioxide is acidifying our oceans. There, in the waters that cover the vast majority of our planet, is the basis for our oxygen and our food chain. If the oceans die, then we die. And while you or I might survive, our children’s future is far less certain. And their children face an even more daunting tomorrow.
At the very least, a world with acidic oceans and toxic food is not something to strive for. Rather it is an apocalypse that we must not allow.
The time has come to sand together. The time has come for you and me to join the ranks. Slow food, permaculture, polycropping, biocybernetics, regenerative agriculture, organic agriculture, farm to table, the 4 for 1,000 program, vegetarianism, veganism, regenetarianism—these are all valid. It’s time to find your place and sign up.
It’s also possible to sign yourself up for radical change without becoming a radical. Food and eating food are our most powerful daily actions. When we interface with food, we make a choice that will determine the future. Thus, it is time to ensure that all the choices in the chain of events that lead to the act of eating are powerful as well.
It is time to peacefully, but firmly demand from our grocers, our restaurants, our farmers, and ourselves that our food be grown, cared for, processed, and eaten in accordance with the world we are now living in. […] – Josh Tickell, Excerpt from book: ‘KISS the GROUND