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Hi Dan
I like this conversation. It helps me thinking deeper.
Referring to the renewability and resiliency of your food vision I was more referring to the widespread usage of robots within the households and within the town rather than the usage of drones to drop seed bombs to reforest the planet (which is something I do like).
I wonder if you considered would be the building and ownership cost ($$$ and carbon impact) and ultimately what would be the renewability and resiliency of all of that? Robots will have to be built and mainteined and replaced and it will require a) factories exploiting natural resources and b) they will be a single point of failure for the food system (a failure in robotic supply and/or maintenance would mean a disaster for your town).
Tractors are also having an impact on environment and and on the resiliency. That is why we are proposing equipment sharing (not just machines but also labs, farming tools, transformation tools ) among a bigger users community within which someone will be an expert maintenance engineer. Also we are proposing to convert our farms to Agroforestry which is promising do drastically decrease the need for inputs (including labor, machines, fertilizers, water, ecc...), increase yields, increase carbon sequestration and soil fertility.
All of the above will decrease environmental impact and increase overall efficiency and resiliency.

All the best
Stefano

Thanks Ankur for taking the time to answer to a clearly provocative thought.
I agree with you: technology isn't good or bad by itself but depends on the its usage and certainly we cannot stop technological progress. However when technology touches services which are essential to life for human beings, ethical principles should be established to set the boundaries within which technology can evolve. For some people food is just a bunch of nutrients so, it does nor really matter the way proteins, carbohidrates, fibers, fat and sugar are produced. It is just matter to feed the body.
Some other people instead believe food is our medicine, and the way it is grown, cooked and eaten is an essential part of our body and soul, it is intrinsically bound to our role as a living organism among other living organisms of the living planet.
That being said, in our view, the future of the food system is a highly distributed system of local resilient, regenerative food systems and there will be no general rule applicable to all the single nodes of the network.
So, maybe what works fine in Huntsville may not work well in Tuscany and the other way around.
In other words, we may well have people over there getting the daily meal delivered by a drone and grown by a robot fermenting micro-proteins in vats, and people over here, hands on in the soil, growing their salad, ancient tomatoes and beans, and cooked by a chef in a community kitchen.
The most important think is making sure that every local system is regenerative and resilient. So, I would encourage you to think if such a widespread usage of robots would actually be regenerative and resilient.

All the best
Stefano

Dear Bill

thanks for taking the time to read our submission, much appreciated.
I think the idea of creating a school/institution to foster change in culture and competence and creating a network of motivated young individuals who will pursue the change is a valuable idea. In fact the Bio-district will have that role and as a matter of fact we are already actively pursuing that idea through the Permaculture Accademy network of people. As an example, hopefully in the next months we will set up a local school of Agroforestry.

However, considering the short timeframe we are given to solve the local food system challenges (30 years is an eye blink to completely swapping food vision system and change the face of our place) we believe change cannot happen without investments.

Nevertheless, our trust proposal is a mix of 'push' and 'pull' because the trust can attracts and gather both investment capitals and already established real estates (lands and houses).
Already established real estates are a quick start and those can be rented out to motivated young individuals at lower price than market price and they will be guided to a successful food project by a team of experts nominated by the Bio-district. Policy makers will then have to set the landscape to facilitate this transition.

All the best
Stefano