Louise Fresco talks some sense about world food production, you can see for yourself below.
In the talk she brings up a very good point, something which I feel strongly about, that modern local food production, in respect to farmers markets/eating native veg. etc. is not only a first world luxury, but a step backward in our social evolution.
I have become a little tired recently of this harping on within the media ( by which I mean print articles/TV shows by chefs/restaurants/food aficionados ) about eating only fecking blue carrots or tree bark because that is native to our diet. That we should be concentrating on buying expensive fashionable local foods as a priority. We are told, indeed commanded to believe, sermonized to, that this is how food used to taste, this is how food should taste, this is how our grandfathers-grandfathers-grandfather prepared porridge.
That's all fine and dandy by my grandfathers-grandfathers-grandfather toiled in a field all day long which belonged to someone else, couldn't grow his own food and was only able to eat porridge with dysentery flavored water. He died at 26. However his children joined the army, got 3 meals a day which were provided by a mass production system, lived at least until their mid 30's just when their children were old enough and strong enough to be sold to factories. Or something like that.
I am 30 years old and ate SPAM recently for fun. I have also seen a pineapple, drink orange juice and know what sushi is. All this without ever been forced to work in a field, shoot someone with a musket or toil for 15 hours in a smog filled factory making widgets. How is that for social evolution.