time to talk about agrarianism in the United Federation of Planets send tweet
I would live for a sci fi universe where space captains get their moral guidance from plumbers. "Tell us what to do when the shit hits the fan, pipe daddy" they say.
Plumbing is arguably MORE key to life support than farming, esp on a starship. But in the Star Trek universe it's treated like a joke. This is a reflection on real life where farming's revered but sanitation is unspeakable.
Captain Kirk is from Iowa because that tells us he is down-to-earth. Like, a REAL man. It's v important to the theme of TOS that Kirk is the Most Authentic Guy Ever, & Iowa is a symbol of authenticity (see also: US presidential primaries).
WHEN WILL THE LIES STOP
Corn in 2250s Iowa implies either climate change has been reversed (good if true), or the Federation pays farmers to grow Potemkin crops for the aesthetic.
It's the Picard family vineyard where shit gets downright dystopian. STAY TUNED
and then you start to wonder why because that whole family situation is a shitshoooowwww
More usually, younger sons get bupkus.
Private land ownership appears to be alive & well.
Per @joeinformatico: why do the Picards own a lil slice of France, but Sisko's dad only has a 2-story building in New Orleans?
Nobody ever mentions Robert Picard having a day job. He just twiddles around FEELING the vines (not the most responsible use of time for an estate owner) and day drinks.
agrarian values my ass, he's just a jerk. it happens
1) grapes tend to prefer dry regions (not much water available period)
2) Earth's population is 8 billion-ish by 2367
3) more efficient irrigation methods like microjet are already the norm in many/most wine regions in 2019.
Conclusion: the Picards are water barons
Where do corn farms get their operating funds? It may be post-money, but it's not post-resource allocation.
"UBI gone horribly wrong neofeudal patronage nightmare" in the sheets
It's also a really good thought experiment for how "fundamental needs are met" =/= justice or sustainability.
chalk it up to future superdwarf varieties idk
so a couple guys can mud-wrestle & irrigate so badly that the weeds are taking over?
so glad you asked
*if you think you wanna bicker about this, scroll to the end of the thread.
Prairie + patchy farms
Chinampas & other managed wetlands
One could go on. Western row crops are a very small subset of farming.
My question is if that's the case, WHY IS THE THING WE'RE PRESERVING … FRICKIN ROW CROPS
why not do chinampas?
Why not bring back old-school Tenochtitlan? Since we're already terraforming for tradition's sake.
*Indigenous land management involved a lot of cornfields, including BIG cornfields. (early Europ. observers in Shawnee territory/Ohio Valley mentioned "cornfields as far as the eye can see," so at least 6 square miles)
And, the Amazon rainforest is not entirely natural. A lot of the trees in it show marks of domestication. Trees are so long lived that 500 years after those cities are gone, the forest still has their fingerprints.
Now it's a food desert.
Then we dammed the Klamath 4 times in the 1960s (for a measly total of 150 MW) and wrecked the 3rd-largest salmon run on the entire west coast.
But it was the end of the salmon runs that did the local people in. There was nothing left to eat BUT colonial food.
The dams are to be dismantled in 2020.
Not a future where Native people are canonically leaving Earth because even though folks who wanna colonize things have ALL OF SPACE now, they still won't leave Earth alone.
We already do that exact thing & it's such a hot mess LOL
It's basically the same deal as the Klamath timber plantation. Seize land from Indigenous people who ran it well, call it "public" land, and lease it out for private profit.
Anyway, that's why "public land ownership and paying people to farm for ~cultural reasons~" is not futuristic utopia Star Trek thing to do.
We already do it and it's a hot mess lmao
wow wait till you hear what minor climate variations did to medieval Europe Europe. also, good luck hunting Ice Age megafauna in Germany nowadays. oh wait. it's all extinct
meanwhile "woolly rhinos, aurochs, lions, & mammoths all disappeared from Europe millennia ago" never comes up when we're judging European cultures
but yeah, when it comes to visualizing long-term land stewardship, colonial culture has a long way to go & that definitely shows in how we're crafting sci fi visions of the future