SustainabLINKS August 26, 2014

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Aaron Redman is the founder of Achieving Sustainability and what passes for an administrator in these parts. Currently he is working on his Sustainability PhD at ASU while raising a baby daughter and taking advantage of nap time to foment discussions on this here blog.

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2 thoughts on “SustainabLINKS August 26, 2014”

  1. The article on Vandana Shiva is a little hard for me because as a young student, I really admired her. However she seems to be incapable of recognizing trade-offs and the nuances of a complex system. For example, with bt cotton, scientists were able to protect the plants from destruction without the use of the tons of chemicals that were previously used (without chemicals the farmers would loose everything so that isn’t a great option either). What would she have–farmers loose their livelihoods or use tons of carcinogenic chemicals? Similarly, the Green Revolution had trade-offs but it did enable an increase in productivity (e.g., feed more people).
    While I think more transparency & research is needed, I believe that any ‘all or none strategy’ is destined for failure.

  2. Yes, the answer will not be absolute traditional agriculture or 100% transgenic agriculture but some synergy of science, tradition and ecology along with better diet and eating patterns.

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