When results of detrimental agricultural practice are incurred on soils more populated than our own, we’ve witnessed what happens – we’ve seen the direct outcomes, and despite it being counterintuitive or potentially nonsensical – we press on. Even in our bounty of riches that increasingly proves further exhausted, we see a Malthusian catastrophe looming. We’ve only just begun to realize we’re no longer an island, and the commitment to practices of sacrificing food values for product price will be increasingly detrimental throughout the entire interconnected web. Countering BigAg brethren – the key to feeding 9 Billion by 2050 will be through supporting and investing in systems of natural resilience. For future ‘modern’ food production, Niederhelman proclaims “the only future we’ve got for production of our food is a sustainable one.” With that, it’s essential to strike a happy medium in maximizing production efficiency without sacrificing food’s nutritional value nor compromising our safety or that of the environment to the broader exposure to a synthetic addiction. If done properly, those practices intrinsic to resilient agriculture are by rule sustainable as they live in accordance to refined methods of the natural order that they serve.
Through systematically servicing evolving consumer demand with quantifiable results, these best sustainable agricultural practices not only source higher quality food for the benefit of human health, but they fuel a future innovation & circular economy stimulated by attracting grander global market share. During this transition to broader resilient agriculture, the unintended consequences of adopting these food production models will prove not increasingly negative as seen in current conventional, but with net positive results. When incentivized, or when required (which is expedited the longer we wait), we’ve witnessed a few bellwethers of success that present our inevitable future can be profitable and broadly beneficial if instituted with proactive anatomy. These inevitable evolutions of farming operations more circular and less linear become increasingly cost-effective while bearing less of a footprint on environment & soil. The future approach to food will be the leading force of greater OneHealth resilience.