Growing the World We Live in

In a recent article on Io9, I came across this article: 10 Failed Utopian Cities that Influenced the Future

Reading through the Utopian dreams and failed society reboots of architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and industrialist Henry Ford, I can’t help but notice their different relationships to food and its production whether in gardens or pastures. They definitely focus on the planned and built environment as the cure to the diseases of human settlements. I guess when all you have is a city planning hammer, everything looks like a nail.

But let’s get back to the issue of agriculture and the placement or absence of gardens and farms in these failed bright futures of the past. Henry Ford’s Fordlandia actually built a city in a cleared part of the Brasilian rainforest to harvest rubber for the new Ford automobiles rolling off of the assembly lines in the U.S.  Based…

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