Getting to the root of sustainability

Sustainability is an idea that we always talk about on a larger macro scale. We legislate for it on federal and state levels and always try to create one size fits all solutions. Ironically, even the term “local” is something that we use to broadly cover all sorts of perceived solutions for the broader “problems” in our food systems. Even in this class, we speak in generalizations while talking about systems and subsystems and the decision making processes that surround remaking our food system. We do this, but it is painfully clear the sustainability crisis we face isn’t one large problem as we so often make it out to be, but rather an aggregate of many micro problems, unique to each system and area. When you look at it this way it’s simultaneously overwhelming and manageable. On one hand, there are so many problems that we the idea of finding an individualized solution for each very daunting, because each small solution in and of itself doesn’t feel like much progress. On the other hand, when we break down this macro problem into a plethora of little localized micro problems, some become much easier to solve. This is why I believe we need to change our outlook on the situation as a whole. Stop referring to it as a sustainability crisis and recognize them as what they are: sustainability crises. Then we might be able to make some progress on a sub-system level that can aggregate to large scale progressGoogle_Maps_localization (1).