When agriculture stops working: A guide to growing food in the age of climate destabilization and civilization collapse

by Dan Allen, originally published by  | TODAY

This is Part 1 of an essay in 2 parts. Part 1, below, outlines the issues. Part 2, which will appear here tomorrow, offers ‘Ten Recommendations for Growing Food in the Anthropocene…

Summary:  As the toxic trappings of industrial civilization crumble around us, agriculture is set to regain its place at the forefront of our daily American lives.  …And won’t we be surprised to find out that it barely works anymore!  Worsening climate destabilization, combined with the legacy of industrial ecosystem degradation and the loss of crucial pre-industrial agricultural genetics and knowledge, will severely challenge our ability to feed ourselves in the decades ahead.  So perhaps it’s time we re-think our modern food-acquisition strategies in the face of the massive changes bearing down on us.  …And I mean REALLY re-think them.


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What do the following have in common?

  • Syria
  • Lebanon
  • Dubrovnik
  • Kashmir

They are areas on the planet that have been considered by many to be a manifestation of the Garden of Eden.  Beautiful places that have provided meaningful communion with nature for millions.  The magnificence of these gardens are a birthright for even human being.  So one must ask the question why.  Why do our Royalty insist upon obliterating these places?  How far have we strayed that the gifts which were meant for all of mankind have been trashed and burned?