eatcology explores the interactions that occur at the intersection of ecology, community food systems, and design. I could have said “explores the intersection of” but I detoured through “the interactions that occur” not to be long winded and passive voiced but because I believe behavior to be a root element at the base of everything. There are precise individual behaviors that, in aggregate, constitute forces of nature. Pollution is rarely the result of a single wrong instance. It is the accumulation of hundreds of small bad habits. I’d like eatcology to touch on this stuff, but to spend more time on the folks who are doing it right.
Because food production is the single largest form of human land-use, how we grow what we eat is of vital importance to global environmental issues. Because what we eat constitutes far more than just the act of growing, I consider agriculture the major element of the food system, but try branch out to speak to the larger system. Because design concerns itself with both obscuring and revealing the infrastructures that support human kind, I believe many members of the design community, especially amongst the generalists known as landscape architects, have patterns of thinking that will prove critical if we are to re-create our food system and re-pair ecology and sustenance, thus my attachment to design.
Beyond all the theory and science, I’m tired of art historians who never paint: how can you possibly hope to understand a subject you don’t participate in? As much as the schools try to pretend that learning is doing, really it’s the reverse: doing is learning. Organic gardening and cooking and eating with the seasons are all, in my opinion, acts of education. Understanding agriCulture means participating in it, in whatever way you can, as often as you can.
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