I'm proud of the students at MIT for focusing on how we fundamentally change how we do business in an environmentally and socially aware time. That photo of the frozen wave off Nantucket finally made it on to my internet browser and I thought--wow, now is the time to make the circular economy a reality, on a wide scale.
Farms have been part of my life since I was a child. Although I lived in a city, my father and his partners had a farm that I would sometimes visit. Later as a pre-teen I daydreamed about living in a rural town full-time. I got to do it for a semester in high school. It was a small, organic farm run by students and a small group of highly skilled and very patient farmers.
That's why I'm so excited to go to the sustainability summit this year, and to introduce the concept of a circular economy, with a focus on agricultural systems.
On one level, agriculture is about the elaborate interconnections of the wild, constrained by an artificial boundary: a property line. On another, it's about the system we've slowly evolved over time to feed our societies, connect with each other (over a meal), and about a system that is entirely dependent on a larger global system--the hot and cold spells, the health of the aquifers, the birds and bugs and buds on a tree.
The 7th Annual Sustainability Summit will focus on understanding—and offering solutions to—the complex problems facing local and global agriculture systems. This year’s Summit will tackle food and farming challenges through the lens of the “Circular Economy,” a systems-thinking approach that demonstrates that a flourishing, sustainable world is built on intentionally cycling resources between production and consumption: from farm to table and back again.