Tuesday, November 18, 2008

postindustrial, beyond-organic, and pastoral

"[Being] pastoral...or 'beyond-organic'...might appear to be preindustrial, but in surprising ways turns out to be postindustrial."
-Michael Pollan

No, he's not talking about church at all (it's page 8 of a book about food: "The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals")...or is he??

Any book that quotes Wendell Berry as much as this one does must be about church.

One of his conclusions:

"there exists a fundamental tension between the loic of nature, and the logic of human industry, at least as it is presently organized. Our ingenuity in feeding ourselves is prodigous, but at various points out technologies come into conflict with nature's way of doing things, as when we seek to maiximize efficiency by planting crops or raising animals in vast monocultures. This is something nature never does, always and for good reasons practicing diversity instead." -p.9

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