The perennial question: What if we could produce food without the ecological issues of annual crops?
As someone who has spent much of his life working in agriculture, I think a lot about the costs and benefits of various methods of food production. Our food system is currently based on large-scale industrial agriculture. While this system does provide food for many people, it has significant flaws.
Many issues arise from the chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides used on the crops, but one of the most fundamental challenges with agriculture is simply that the majority of crops we consume are cultivated as annual crops — those that complete their life cycle in a single year and must be replanted the following season.