Like Resurgence & Ecologist, the RSA – to give it its full title, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce – has a rich history of “thinking in systems”. Applying systems thinking to how food and farming have changed in recent decades reveals many stories of the unintended or unforeseen consequences of strategies set – and policies pursued – without attention to the interdependencies.

Complex systems are characterised by many interconnections and relationships; they are emergent, often unpredictable, and dynamic. Today we live in especially complex times – and ...


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