Last week I wrote about how diversity was key to sustainable agriculture, but noted how hard it can be for a culture based on linear production to wrap our heads around more complex natural systems and how to manage them. That's especially true if you are trying to grow something for the commercial marketplace. We've already seen some useful design tips for edible polycultures, but what if we could use computer mapping technologies to better understand and nurture diverse inter-planted crops? Stephanie Gerson, writing over at Food+Tech, has been working on a system to do just that, using the web to better understand polycultural permaculture guilds:
Looks like a fascinating project and one to watch. Anyone know of anything similar?