Journal of Agriculture & Life Sciences

ISSN 2375-4214 (Print), 2375-4222 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/jals

Wither the Garden? Farming for Self-Sufficiency in the Greater Toronto Area
Eric Wonseob Jung

Climate catastrophes are slow-moving threats to agricultural lands in North America. Corporatization and concomitant agglomeration of small farms likewise jeopardize continuous agricultural production. At some future point, food security will become paramount, especially for population centers such as the Greater Toronto Area. Diasporic rearrangements of farming as it exists today are inevitable. Collectively, are these phenomena opportunities for reforming land conservation and agricultural practices? Or, are they mandates? Based on Jim Dator’s notion of possible ‘alternative futures’ — Continuation, Transformation, Limit and Discipline, and Decline and Collapse — this project develops a hypothetical demonstration farm of four archetypes for resilient farming, hoping to hedge inevitable change.

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