Too often it seems that efforts of parts of our society to draw attention to current challenges related to maintaining a habitable zone for us are leading to nowhere.
This may have to do with the level of complexity of our systems, which we are continuously developing. In systems theory terms, it is easy to answer the whole topic dystopically and declare that every system increases in complexity until it collapses. This is culturally and historically easy to prove.
Nevertheless, there is a large percentage of people who already see or even invented, tested or developed approaches to repair or correct, for parts, perhaps not of the system as a whole, but at least for one or more structural elements in it.
Whether or not we as a community can get a grip on the climate crisis, or if we have enough time to do so, should not play a role in the following considerations. Here the focus is on global agriculture, a system in which it is easy to list a multitude of committed human crimes in terms of climate change, water run-offs, oil consumption, destruction of nature, dissolution of biodiversity, species extinction and economic crimes - from distortion of competition to externalities, from modern slavery to unambitious misuse of taxpayers’ money.
We do not want to go in depth into the above points here, but rather to draw a clearer picture of one of the greatest revolutions that Homo Sapiens have set in motion and one of the break-throughs that we are currently experiencing. Thought patterns from misunderstood romanticism or of nature, misunderstood ecology movements to religious, partly fundamentalist ones, stand in the way of everything that is necessary to turn it to the better.
That is why we now want to symbolically sacrifice the Austrian dairy cow grazing on alpine meadows that are bursting with biodiversity, whose freshly brushed ears are stroked by a mild spring breeze out of respect for its over a billion family members that we’re locking down, abusing and fattening up to the slaughter at this very moment. Instead, we direct our eyes to where we come from, where we are, and where we want to go.