Harvesting Space

[bracket] | Nathalie de Vries

Published in "Bracket 1 [on Farming]", 2010

In recent decades, we have become more and more aware of the fact that our way of living has a substantial ecological footprint. At some point in the 19th century we lost our “CO2- innocence,” as the German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk recently stated. We are using more space than the earth is able to provide. We know now that everything we do and produce requires space, including compensation for losses. We know we can calculate how many “earths” we would need based on our current lifestyle. Since we consume too much anyway, we have to decide either to reduce the consumption, or use the earth’s surface more efficiently. The latter could be considered as farming. Instead of only consuming “less” we can still have some of “more.”

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