Sunday, August 9, 2009

Science and sustainability: the new farming

"Mountain Magic is an example of regionalized breeding. For years, this kind of breeding has fallen by the wayside — the result of a food movement wary of science and an industrialized food chain that eschews differentiation in favor of uniformity. (Why develop and sell 20 different tomato varieties for 20 different microclimates when you can simply sell one?)"

This is a very important article. It is true that a sustainable food system requires more science, not less. Science at the service of equity, not of capital. It is also true, as the write says, that "To many advocates of sustainability, science, when it’s applied to agriculture, is considered suspect, a violation of the slow food aesthetic."

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