Sustainable agriculture usually implies organic methods of growing. Many of us deride the use of technology – in the form of pesticides, for example – as one of the toxic practices currently used in farming. But in the call to grow food more cleanly, some people hear the chant to abandon modern advancement all together. Over the summer, Blake Hurst, an industrial farmer from Missouri criticized what he termed, “agri-intellectuals” for “demanding that farmers like me use 1930s technology to raise food.”
I don’t believe that is the demand at all. We don’t want a return to the past; we are advocating for something new. Today in New York, we’ll investigate the possibilities at a conference entitled, Agriculture 2.0. Hosted by the investment group, New Seed Advisors, it is “the first conference for sustainable agriculture innovators and investors.”
The changing state of food production is an evolving conversation. I look forward to reporting on the events of today. Stay tuned.