The Future of Food?
Star Chef Dan Barber’s ‘Third Plate’
Barber’s thoughts have a beautiful poetry to them. “What we eat is part of the integrated whole, a web of relationships,” he writes, adding that the parts interact in ways science cannot weigh or measure. One of his models for agriculture comes from the Native American tradition of growing three vegetables and grains together “to carefully bundle crops into relationships that benefit each other, the soil and the farmer.” Can the yields from such farming sustain the unprecedented growth in human population? With the leaching of the soil by chemical fertilizers and monoculture, there may be no choice in the future but to try.