Starting this thread to at least list down many of the big problems. Someday - and hopefully soon - we’ll start solving them in a way we don’t accrue more debt in biodiversity and commons’ losses.
I was at my farm over the last few days and a crew came in to “clean the undergrowth”. The brushcutter - the tool of choice for this - has brought in a - ahem - revolution across the estates, and in maintenance of roadside overgrowth etc. The default choice is nylon “wires” used continuously get shorn off into microplastics and all of Coorg’s soil likely now has tonnes of that ￼ We often make terrible trade-offs when solving things like drudgery/manual effort, and this is one of those huge ones that’ll show up in a huge way in the soil, in our water and in food over a couple of decades.
This, and the mulch sheets in the plains’ vegetable farms.
Why are we perpetually so short sighted? How do we solve this as scale?