Thursday, March 05, 2009

We Are All Destructovores

There's a pretty excellent article in Mother Jones this month (linked via their house political blogger Kevin Drum) about the industrial agricultural system and the limits of approaches like organic farming and eating locally. This is why I don't feel like individual efforts won't get us anywhere (beyond Econ 101 ideas about how people behave): one, it is very difficult to trace the real costs of producing anything; two, small-scale efforts cannot grow simply into large-scale efforts.

Count me also as a skeptic about vertical farming, meanwhile (pitched as a possible idea in the article) -- the idea just seems so dreamy and Buckminster Fuller in a way. Not that I wouldn't love to see vertical farming structures, as they sound like they'd look pretty amazing. Actually, maybe they can build them all in large geodesic domes.


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