Humanity at the 4th Agricultural Crossroads: A Choice of Cleverness or Wisdom

Humanity at the 4th Agricultural Crossroads: A Choice of Cleverness or Wisdom
Humanity finds itself at a Malthusian crossroads. The United Nations (UN) estimates that there are now seven billion [1] co-pilots on this Spaceship Earth (Fuller, 1968), each operating a unique set of controls as we journey through space together. (Appendix A) This presents a challenge, the enormity of which we’ve not dealt with before. The scientific and technical challenges we face are dwarfed by the level of maturation we as a species must quickly arrive at.

I’ve been dreaming of this moment for three years!

I spent the weekend at the Prairie Festival hosted by the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. While there I saw an amazing slate of speakers (Brian Donahue, Kamyar Enshayan, Lisa Grossman, Richard Heinberg, Wes Jackson, Naomi Klein, David Montgomery & Ann Zimmerman) discussing topics as seemingly diverse — but in reality tightly related — as dirt, the global economy, forests, engaging local government, climate change and peak oil.