Post Carbon Fellow Wes Jackson was interviewed by onearth about his work at The Land Institute.
From the article:
How big a challenge do you face?
Huge. I mean, partly, because people have left the farms and they don't have a connection to the land. So, now, here they are, living in suburbia or cities with little appreciation of the source. Aldo Leopold long ago said that there are two spiritual dangers that come from not owning a farm. One is the belief that heat comes from the stove, and the other is belief that food comes from a grocery store. We've got these disconnects. I suspect something will have to happen to make people focus, to get them to make the connection.
You are 74 years old this year. Do you have a sense that you're running out of time?
We've got a motto around The Land Institute: If you're working on something that you can finish in your lifetime, you are not thinking big enough.