What is the Delusion of Eradication? (Video)

One of the core tenets of industrial agriculture is that we can dominate nature, bending natural processes to fit our will and design. But what are the consequences?

In the following video, Andrew Kimbrell discusses what he calls “the delusion of eradication.”

This clip introduces many interesting philosophical and practical considerations that we’ll need to grapple with if we want to make a more sustainable food system. If you enjoyed the video, please share it and let us know your thoughts!

  • Andrew Kimbrell primarily discusses the delusion of eradication as it relates to the industrial food system. How has this philosophy also been applied to other areas of modern living? Can you think of any examples from your own life or community?
  • Transcending the delusion of eradication will require a major mindset change away from the notion of “pests.” But what is the alternative? Research agroecological approaches to pest management and see what you can learn. What are the key principles of that movement?
  • Radical changes in nature—destructive changes in this case—tend to provoke adaptation. How can we apply this wisdom to our own lives? How might you help bring this information to the visible spaces of your community?

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