About the (upcoming) Book
"It's often said that 'we are what we eat.' But since the majority of the food that the majority of us eat is grown in monocultures, would that not make us monoculturalist rather than multiculturalist?"
– From the upcoming book, due 2020 or so
Economic growth is the mantra of the day, its champions ranging from staunch right-wingers to greenies and environmentalists alike. But aside from the worthwhile question of whether growth is even desirable, an increasingly pressing question is whether growth is even possible anymore. Due to the limits and diminishing returns imposed by peaking supplies of energy and other resources, it appears that growth is now over (if not soon to be), and that we are entering the beginning of the end of the fossil fuel and industrial eras.
This being the case, what then? In a word, (re)localization. By no means though is (re)localization a harking back to some mythical golden age, but rather a concerted effort to rethink our economic systems, our monetary systems, our agricultural systems, and more.
Likewise, what is very much needed is the jettisoning (if not complete overhaul) of what we erroneously call "multiculturalism," a term which increasingly means a diversity of ethnicities jam-packed into over-crowded urban centres which are dependent on an increasing array of fossil fuel subsidized imports from around the world. In its place – and this is more than just semantics – is the requirement for an "authentic multiculturalism," which in short would imply multiple methods of cultivation – systems of agriculture that differ from place to place and in which diversity is not just a matter of skin colour and culinary practices, but is also something found in diverse farming systems, diversity of crops and cropping systems, and genetic diversity of seeds and livestock. In other words, locally adapted cultures.
But so long as we keep up our habits of film and television, then it would be fair to say that it's unlikely we'll have the time nor the psychological capacity to make the necessary changes to ourselves and our societies as we face the continuing unravelling of industrial civilization. In other words, if we want to make a concerted effort to deal with the dilemma of the collapse of our industrial societies, then it's quite likely that we're going to have to go "from filmers to farmers, from couch potatoes to potato cultivators."