Shifting AgTech Toward Eco-stability
Jessica Shade • TEDxSwitzerFoundation
The food system is in an interesting predicament—it's a significant contributor to one of its own biggest threats—climate change. Poor land-management is degrading our soil, releasing greenhouse gases, and contributing to catastrophic events such as droughts, floods, fires, among others. Unfortunately, many of the tools we have developed to address agricultural problems brought about by climate change and other environmental disasters target the symptoms of a crumbling ecosystem rather than solving for the root cause. We need to shift our thinking to look at challenges that we are faced with pre- and post-farm gate with the goal of developing technology that will better allow us to integrate anthropogenic practices into a functioning ecosystem, so that we can create a future where we are not constantly living in fear of a global ecological collapse.