AGRICULTURE may be humanity’s greatest and longest-running experiment. Its history is a record of tests; the continual alchemy of soil, water, plants, and sun. This entrepreneurial spirit of investigation has created dedicated farming landscapes, channeled plant genetics to produce new varieties, expanded yields beyond what any plant could ever do on its own thus contributing to the ballooning of the global population over the last 300 years. With each passing generation, we produce more food with less effort and with seemingly less risk
Yet, food systems are inequitable and flawed in their relationships with the environment. The looming threat of climate change has called into focus the many ways in which our food systems are at risk of failure. Our food landscapes have come to depend on the weather, good fortunes, fragile supply chains, global politics, and volatile markets. In the age of uncertainty, how does agriculture adapt?
Through new agroecosystems, food economies, or engagement with food systems?
In ways that make food access equitable across cities and around the globe?
Via different scales of production and distribution or holistic understandings of ecosystems and landscapes?
For Issue Two, TEST PLOTS is seeking your ideas in defining the future of agriculture. We invite submissions of (or about) experimental built work, field-based research, and speculative design projects in the following three formats:
Image-based overview (10-20 images with captions, with 150 word project description)
In-depth project description (6-10 images with captions, with 500 word project narrative)
Short essay (1000-2000 word essay with supporting graphics)
To learn more about Test Plots please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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