This is a very interesting article. I have involved with whole/organic foods since the early 70’s. I do believe organic, sustainable, and local are better.
But not always.
The crop surpluses from industrial farming keep a large part of our (the world’s) bloated population alive, if barely, allowing them to go on having ever more children.
Africa is a good example. Teaching Africans’ how to farm organically and sustainably would be a good thing in the long term. Turn off food shipments from industrial food producers in the West and half of Africa will simply starve to death. The short term chaos would be very ugly. Shouts of racism and genocide would be very loud. I don’t know if the political will to do that exists here. We have turned Africa into an imported food junkie (for our own profit). Watching it go cold turkey will be too much for most people.
People need to learn to grow more of their own food, but they also need to have fewer children. I don’t see how that can happen, voluntarily, especially in under-developed regions where children are seen as investments. I’d be interested in hearing your views.
As you point out, there will come a time, and soon, when the population will overwhelm technological productivity. I don’t think most people can imagine just how bloody that time will be.