Many urban agriculturists, particularly those who are counter-culturists, would have us believe that we can solve our food problems simply by growing organic "Victory Gardens" or rooftop dirt gardens. I say, dream on.
With all the forecasts of expanding world population, it is imperative that we use good science to explore and stringently test new technology for producing life-sustaining food. There simply is not enough fertile land to keep pace with population growth.
I believe that we as consumers and citizen gardeners can contribute to the knowledge pool of food growing science and technology by using our creativity to explore new methods of personal food production. Shovels, hoes and rakes are hardly the tools to do that.
ScienceDaily (Mar. 2, 2012) — Plant science is key to addressing the major challenges facing humanity in the 21st Century, according to Carnegie's David Ehrhardt and Wolf Frommer. In a Perspective published in The Plant Cell, the two researchers argue that the development of new technology is key to transforming plant biology in order to meet human needs. Read more...