In class today we talked a lot about sustainable farming practices which is a topic that I haven't thought much about before, but am glad to have brought to my attention. Food is essential for survival and as such farming practices have evolved alongside people for thousands of years, far before the climate crisis was ever considered to be a problem. We are now faced with the reality of the harms that come from classic monoculture farming and the need to find ways to essentially "teach an old dog new tricks" to find a solution. One of the primary set backs in the process of implementing sustainable farming practices is economic. It is extremely costly to start a farm like the one shared in the documentary "The Biggest Little Farm" and often more sustainable farming models take years to be established and have a hard time getting the loans and financial support to start. I think that working towards sustainable farming and harnessing nature's own strategies for growing plants and animals in harmony is essential and I hope that this sentiment is spread widely.
My vision for the future is one in which everyone is more open minded and willing to look at ecological problems like farming as complex systems which require complex solutions. I hated hearing about the failed search for a smoking gun with regards to the drop in the BC sockeye salmon run because a single causal factor couldn't be identified. I think that we need to intervene by supporting and funding initiatives to research and implement sustainable farming practices so that we can eventually have the evidence required for the economical support of these essential endeavours. To change the farming industry as it is right now won't be easy, since like an old dog it has been around for so long and is stubborn, however I hope that relatively new "tricks" like using local predators as a pest management strategy will become commonplace with public support.