Farming and knowledge monocultures are misconceived
Brian Wynne and Georgina Catacora-Vargas, SciDev.Net, 3 September 2013

LONDON, UK: In this article, the authors argue that the world’s food needs can be met with a new vision for agriculture and science. In mainstream policy and corporate thinking, scientific knowledge and global markets are considered key for food security, which has resulted in the industrialization and laboratory research-led intensification of agricultural systems. This industrial monoculture model of production – of both food and knowledge – avoids its ecological and social costs while suppressing more effective sustainable alternatives, and under-exploits science’s potential versatility. To generate more sustainable pathways to equitable and healthy food production and access, agricultural diversification is needed, with decentralized food-supply systems and a move towards more localized networks. This includes the strategic reorientation of agricultural research and development towards varied local conditions and needs, and towards farmers’ knowledge – a global science for the public good. Read the article …