Most people I meet don’t have to wait long to hear my vision of city rooftops covered in gardens providing food for the building’s residences, or even better, an ecovillage that grows it’s own organic food and is completely self-sustaining and self-reliant. It’s a little easier to grow gardens on rooftops and local gardens than to raise livestock, so the eco-village model is certainly superior in my view. The amount of fuel that is spent on transporting produce from farms to cities is obscene. At least here in Beijing you can see the famers bring in their delicious veggies on horse-drawn carts, so they are not burning fossil fuels in the process, though they likely would if they could. And there is certainly nothing organic about the way those vegetables are grown. There is a budding organic farming culture taking off here, but it has a long way to go.

In the US, I used to shop at chains like Whole Foods and Wild Oats and was thrilled that I had easy access to such a wide variety of organic products. Alas, it was the beginning of the end. In his article entitled , SFGate columnist Mark Morford elloquently desribes the death of organic farming for the masses and perhaps the death of any meaning to the very word organic.

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