Coming back to the topics of complex systems and its relations to our food security. I think our current understandings of how agriculture functions in parallel with nature quite problematic: many methods and policies are implemented in farming without enough knowledge or consideration to the potential cascading effects that may occur, and thus we often end up choose options that seem “greener” or “sustainable” but cause more damage to the environment in the long run.
For my envisioning, I think it would be a bit deus ex machina to envision a future where we have the science/technology to make our agriculture sustainable. Instead I’d like to focus on how we as individuals understand sustainable agriculture itself. Just like in the beginning of the class when most people voted yes to organic food being better, and later changed their perceptions due to the lecture, I envision a future where more people recognize the pros and cons of different agriculture methods, and thus cause the market to shift towards more sustainable options. The interventions that would be required to cause this spread of knowledge? Lectures like today’s, presentations, workshops, campaigns, advertisements etc. All of which serves to both spread the knowledge about sustainable agriculture, as well as raising awareness about how our choices of actions in farming can cause rippling effects across the ecosystems.