Severe & dangerous reality involving “science” & institutional behaviour.
We operate globally through our organizations. Institutions or organizations reflect the beliefs of the society in which they are formed, and they assume a life of their own once formed. They do not behave as any normal human would. Society, almost universally, believes technology will solve our problems.
So, any new technology to solve the problem of feeding the world’s growing population that is proposed by institutions (universities, corporations, etc.) is almost automatically accepted by the bulk of people and moves forward, despite the warnings of a minority. This we see once more with the latest making of GMOs
We saw this fifty years ago when influential U.S. universities advocated using large machines that crushed vegetation down and indented soil surfaces to reverse desertification in the US and globally. Because this was a technological “solution”, not a soul called for the “science” behind it or questioned it. Millions of dollars were spent on such machines by governments and international agencies, and even environmental groups readily accepted it. Today most such machines lie rusting having achieved nothing, nor could they ever have done so because there was only beliefs behind the idea and no science