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Monoculture Thinking: A Conversation with Michael Pollan

Monoculture Thinking: A Conversation with Michael Pollan

While explaining why both local and certified organic are important to the food system, Michael Pollan comments:"the big problem is monoculture, [...] there's monoculture in the field, there's monoculture in the diet, and there's monoculture in the head. And to say it's got to be all organic, or all local or all grass-fed, is monoculture thinking. The answer is not to replace this sick food chain with one other food chain, because you could have a problem with that food chain. Organic doesn't solve all of our problems.

"We need to try many different food systems, many different food chains, because we don't know what's going to work and we don't want to be dependent on one. What's missing from our food system is resiliency. We have efficiency, but resiliency is a different value, and you get resiliency through redundancy. So we need organic, we need local, we need pasture-based, and we probably need industrial as well." In Pollan's opinion, to achieve resiliency, we must have diversity.

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