I think the Permaculture movement has a lot to offer in advocating between the needs of agriculture and the impact on our planet, even though it is dramatically different than conventional “agriculture” because of its small community orientation. The word Permaculture was coined in the 1970s, and conceptually blends permanent agriculture with as permanent culture. It aims to emulate the structure and interrelationship found in natural ecologies and advocates sustainability. It does not take lightly “adding” chemicals and unnatural processes because of its awareness of the unknown impact of chemical and environmental impact.
Other ways to balance the needs of agriculture and the impact of our planet:
- To have an understanding that actions (even seemingly innocuous actions) can have multiple results and the intended effect is not going to be the only result.
- To advocate, support and create policies that research the impact of agricultural processes.
- To establish a dialogue and more visibility between agriculture and environmental impact.
- As individuals to be educated and accountable for our choices in consumption. To find ways of supporting more sustainable agricultural practices.