Agriculture has by its very nature a system of built-in limitations. But according to Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food International, we have figured out how to bypass many of those limits, and as a result, society pays a terrible cost.
In this segment, Petrini describes the serious problems we face as a result of too much effort toward enhancing food production at the expense of quality, along with the mounting toll on the environment. Though there are 6 billion people living on this planet, we produce enough food to feed a population of 12 billion people. So why then, are there 800+ million people suffering from global hunger? Why Petrini asks, are our farms more polluted than our cities?
Petrini makes an impassioned plea for a transformation in our thinking about agriculture, and a recalibrating of our goals as a global society to live in harmony with the natural world.