Note — Feb 02, 2020

Rewilding Food, Rewilding Farming

Excellent answer to George Monbiot’s piece, Lab-grown food will soon destroy farming. Here Dr. Vandana Shiva argues that this represents the same mechanistic mindset that got us in the mess we’re in and that we need to remember that the current industrialized food system is not the only way to produce food, that “eating is an ecological act, not an industrial, mechanical act,” and that we can reclaim “farming with nature, in nature’s ways.” That “real food is a by-product of the economy of care for the land.”

The notion that high-tech “farm free” lab food will save the planet is simply a continuation of the same mechanistic mindset which has brought us to where we are today - the idea that we are separate from and outside of nature. […]

Turning “water into food” is an echo from the times of the second world war, when it was claimed that fossil-fuel-based chemical fertilisers would produce “Bread from Air”. Instead we have dead zones in the ocean, greenhouse gases - including nitrous oxide which is 300 times more damaging to the environment than CO2 - and desertified soils and land. […]

At Navdanya we grow healthy food by conserving biodiversity through abundant pollinators and thriving soil organic matter which draws down carbon and nitrogen. By taking care of the earth we heal the broken carbon and nitrogen cycles that are driving climate change.