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Joseph Seti

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Are we prepared if the more ambitious initiatives of activist organizations succeed?

For example, there are many activist organizations lobbying for an end to Monsanto and industrial farming; especially the use of GMOs. If, in a perfect world, they succeeded, the demand for Organic produce and products would increase exponentially. In this instance, are there producers (organic farms), outlets (organic grocers and farmers markets), & organic waste management organizations (a specialized type of waste management), in place or readily made available to support said demand? How ready are we for change on such a massive scale?

Should such an ambitious cause succeed, are the activist organizations, or their benefactors ensuring the necessary substructures and resources are developed to support and sustain the resulting construct? Or will we rely on them to develop organically?

I am certain there are many other ambitious causes being lobbied for that this same question applies to. Can you name any? And are they prepared for success?


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  • Dec 12 2011: Joel
    This is a great question. While I am not an organic growing freak, your larger question is important. I think if you look back at history, there are tons of "unintended consequences" of societal and cultural change. Things happen when things change and most of the time I dont think we know what those changes will bring. When Columbus was discovered by the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean and later Mexico (even though he didn't explore there much) he didn't find China. Just think of the foods that came from this discovery: squash, pumpkins, potatoes, cocoa, chiles, corn. The list goes on and on. Food habits greatly changed in Europe.

    What concerns me for example is what if the OWS people really did succeed in reforming our financial system. Would we have the ability to adapt and throw out what didn't work or was so corrupt that is doesn't? My answer is yes, we probably would eventually, it is in between the throwing out and the eventually that bothers me. We also have no clue, if they did succeed what other consequences might appear.
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      Dec 12 2011: Hi Michael. Thank you for your input on this TED Conversation. I like what you have to say. Please read my replies under Sharon’s post and post any input you have. Once again, thank you for being engaged.

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