Just in Time: Taking Stock of Tomorrow’s Groceries
Today’s food system in the year 2020 has many features that improve our resiliency and security. Key attributes are:
Diverse. A complete and balanced diet can be had within the agricultural base of the County.
Local. Food produced here is consumed here, and the agricultural landscape is no longer dominated by grapes and cattle for export.
Renewable. Energy inputs for agriculture, transportation and processing are based on solar, wind, hydro and other non-fossil sources.
Non-toxic. Artificial pesticides and herbicides are no longer available and we use biological controls and landscape management to dampen pest cycles.
Cyclical. Soils are improved rather than depleted through conservation tillage, smart land-cover rotation patterns, and composting of all human and animal wastes.
Adaptable. As climate changes and new farmers learn what works best, systems are in place to exchange information and perform needed research.
Buffered. The future is always uncertain. Always be prepared for trouble by storing extra of what we really need.
This is from a “scenario” at The Oil Drum depicting the unfolding of events during an imagined (but utterly possible) sudden end to “just in time” stocking of grocery stores–for whatever reason, and there are many conceivable shocks that could make this a real event.
Wouldn’t it make wonderful sense to have the characteristics listed here describe TODAY’s food system so we wouldn’t have to endure the trauma of a food crisis! Resiliency? Food security? in the winter of 2009? Who are we kidding.
Just In Time could quickly become Just Isn’t There.