Have you ever wondered why our food has become so industrialized? Where some of those chemicals that are in almost everything, came from?
Cuba's bike transformation was the result of a change in context induced by external forces. It was a disruptive event that forced them to adapt. Here in America, a land of such excess, no such sudden disruption looms (nor could it be predicted, I believe). Our transportation context is centered on the car. Our culture and economy are “driven” by the car. So, how do we create a culture of transportation that is dominated by bicycles?
While productivity is often the name of the game at large farms, local food, minimal environmental impact and healthy conditions for farm workers also are hot topics today. Yet, our agriculture — and our living — have a greater impact on the environment and the life it supports than these issues alone address.
As modern farms increase production using monoculture crops, the nutritional value of the harvests diminishes, along with the economic stability and self-reliance of the farmers and their local communities.
The reasons for the inequitable distribution of human nourishment, worldwide, are complex and hotly debated.
We're probably on our way to a population-related catastrophe, after all.
The good news: We can grow a lot more food than we could in the old days. The bad news: We can't grow enough
We need a new "green revolution" to ensure a healthy habitat for humanity's future.