What does it mean, then, to sustain human culture? Yes, organic farming is important, yet because of the nature of our selfish human society, organic farming is becoming just as removed from you as the industrial-agricultural infrastructure that has replaced the family farm.
The system that supports our modern farming culture sees to it that what you need is being produced a long way from where you live, without your involvement, in order that you can purchase what you want, when you want it, at the price you want to pay for it — but only “certified organic” (whatever that means in the supermarket chains).
Yes, the pollution from burning fossil fuels is a terrible burden on the environment, and energy-efficient homes and cars are important. But even hybrid electric cars merely support the dominant social paradigm of living our own independent lives, getting to work and back again, usually alone. (Who can really make car-pooling work?)
Cleaning up emissions is great, but it’s not touching the psyche of consumerism that fuels the demand for cars in the first place.
Yes, clean water is important, but complex ways of filtering the polluted water supply won’t help us to share when clean water becomes a rare and precious commodity.
Conservation, regeneration, appropriate technology, yes, yes, yes, all of these things are important, but are these the needs that we hope the system will take care of so that we can get on with our comfortable lives?