In this article, Radha Gopalan analyzes the COP21 (Conference of Parties 21) agreement in Paris. She notes that in the context of our food systems, COP 21 continued to push the industrial, agribusiness agenda in the name of climate mitigation and adaptation. Biofuels, which have already compromised the food security and sovereignty of millions of communities all over the world, find a place in the solutions proposed in Paris.
At the top of the proposed solutions are genetically modified foods, privatisation of water and other industrial agricultural solutions. To paraphrase Einstein, we are once again trying to solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.Once again, technology is being pushed forward as the solution. Instead of actively seeking integrated, social and ecological context specific solutions of which technology could be a part, the same fragmented, industrial, silo approach is being proposed!