In the past: humans maximized the caloric output of the land which temporarily produced surpluses but became a slipping phenomenon of diminishing returns and a steady loss of soil health. Even today, we continue to beat this path with more mechanization and inputs in the belief that this is the only way to “feed the world”.
Today: wealthy nations have an abundance of cheap food. The Global South has become our bread basket after being hooked into controlling obligations by financial institutions such as the World Trade Organization in exchange for loans. Subsidies keep large mechanical monocrop production at artificially low prices. It’s difficult to get a carrot from your local farmer, even when it’s in season. Food goes where money flows rather than within communities that have a stable relationship with the Earth and one another. The momentum of the food industry, in collusion with the government (which forms policy influenced by lobbying), makes it such that we accept whatever’s available in mass quantity and allow ourselves to remain unaware of the suffering and destruction behind our food. At times, I blame myself when I eat something I know I shouldn’t, amassing guilt rather than generating an alternative abundance to that which I’m bombarded by wherever I go in America.
In the future: people will reclaim their food sovereignty and access to the soil. They will grow their own food in their backyards (and frontyards, sideyards, balconies, kitchen cupboards, and roofs) and not give in to the false belief that they are too busy, that growing food makes them seem desperate and unrefined, or that it is too difficult for them to do and must be left to the machines, farmers, and oppressive food system to work out. We will grow, share, and eat together. The suburbs will once again be villages. Humans will become aware of how they contact their local environment and the biome, becoming a symbiotic organism on the planet. And I’ll never again worry about not eating the “right” thing. Eternally a good boy!