Techno-Optimism is preventing us from considering low tech real solutions for critical problems. A Techno Fix never addresses the root problem. It just litters the future with unintended consequences.
The Big Lie used by Industrial Agriculture, that their technology alone can feed the world, relies on the Techno-Optimism of most Americans and obscures the unsustainable, environmentally destructive results of mining and destroying the living soil Kansas was blessed with.
Agroecology and agroforestry are just two potential technologies that are more likely to feed the world sustainably than destructive monoculture factory farming. Industrial Agriculture focuses on profit and efficiency at the expense of the environment relying on inputs derived from finite fossil fuel, Ecocide and the theft of Earth’s Genetic Heritage.
Techno-Fix: Why Technology Can’t Save Us or the Environment is a crucial book examining these issues coauthored by Michael and Joyce Huesemann. Check it out.
Here are some links to Huesemann’s work:
Can Technology Save Us? TV Interview https://youtu.be/BQm0gkZdzIY
Presentation at Town Hall, Seattle, Washington https://youtu.be/GQ_kci8n09M
Publisher website: https://www.newsociety.com/Books/T/Techno-Fix
Another primer with insight into this issue is the 1982 book, OVERSHOOT: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change by the late environmental sociologist William R. Catton.
Overshoot should be available at your local library or from the publisher at: http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/63fae3tq9780252008184.html