Project: Although the food production method employed by Tissue Culture & Art Project is too complex for the average person, the other artists in this section demonstrate that every citizen, even those with no land, no knowledge of farming, and no spare time is capable of producing food. Demonstrate this by growing sprouts from beans or seeds on your windowsill. Use containers from the garbage. Find soil outdoors. Fertilize with compost from your food waste.
 
Research / Discussion: Sustainability is often sacrificed when the primary goal of food production is to achieve immediate boosts in food output. Some of the reasons cited for concern include dependence upon agricultural machines that combust oil;  strain on water reserves;  loss of biodiversity from monocultures and GM crops; greenhouse gas emissions associated with long-distance transportation of food. The low-tech food production schemes proposed by Dory, Fournier, the Harrisons, Lee, and Sherk avoid these unsustainable consequences, although the output of their methods may seem paltry compared to industrial food production. Still, their tactics may be practical because they each transform a neglected resource into one that is productive.  Describe how each of these artists boosts total food production by using a neglected resource.
  • Friday, 14 September 2012