Agrarian Evolution

In Russia, as in many parts of the world, food production is essentially industrial. Applying the tools and principles of industry to agriculture has reduced hunger and generated a greater diversity of diet than the world has ever known. It has enabled urbanization and reshaped the global workforce. But the positive effects of industrializing agriculture have been limited to humans. For the plants and animals involved, and for the earth itself, the industrial approach to food is unremittingly abusive. Based on a philosophy of productivity above all else, it applies technology to overcome the inefficiencies of nature. In the process, it distorts the food supply, disconnects us from our diet, and exacerbates climate change. This project shows that there is another way.

'Agrarian Evolution' assembles recent developments in agriculture, transportation, and communications technology to make a new model of food production and consumption. It contributes to the climate change debate but neutralizes its Luddite and techno-utopian extremes by calling for a hybrid approach that merges 21st century tools with a more intimate, sustainable, and in many ways premodern idea of agriculture. Building on contemporary concerns over food sovereignty and a growing interest in organics, the project charts a Russian path from self-harm to health and recasts the country as a model for the world.
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