Presenter: Bill Vitek
The “invention” of Agriculture 12,000 years ago marked a profound shift in how food calories were produced and consumed. With it came new ideas about how best to live in complex cultures fueled by an unprecedented energy bounty. In this presentation, Bill Vitek, Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Clarkson University, traces the development of three distinct periods in this history, with a focus on the last two centuries and the awakening of a new consciousness about our place on a living, creative planet, and its potential to reshape food production. With the material means and the philosophical foundations now available as sources of sustenance for body and mind, will we embrace an ecospheric worldview? Must we?