More than just our food security is at stake if we don’t soon take the middle path. Don’t you think it’s time to encourage all of us to imagine something other than living in a divided country, where we all buy into the infamous “zero sum game” of winners vs. losers? We need to engage in a different set of social behaviors and more inclusive processes with regard to democratic decision-making and community-based restoration. The overall health and security of our country will be at increasing risk unless we move toward the radical center.
In our book Stitching the West Back Together, my old friends Tom Sheridan, Nathan Sayre and David Seibert explain why it’s time we invest in collaborative processes of engagement rather than continuing to see the diverse voices in our rural and urban communities further marginalized and alienated. They want us to regard everyone — farmworkers and loggers, cafeteria cooks and wild foragers, hunters and fly-fishers, teachers and preachers, ranchers to career professionals in agencies — as equal partners in collective efforts to restore our landscapes!
–Gary Paul Nabhan