We were recently introduced to the thinking of farmer/rancher Gabe Brown (GB) of Bismarck, North Dakota. GB argues that our goal should not be sustainability, but rather, regeneration. He believes that using the word "sustain" implies that we're trying to maintain the status quo. GB insists that our goal(s) should be richer than that; it should be to renew, re-energize, re-invigorate, and replicate the life-producing and life-enhancing cycles that have been depleted either through time or through damaging practices.
I like his thinking in this regard. It makes perfect sense when you think about the cumulative effects on the land of the industrial farming model.
GB proposes five principles to guide the thinking and practices of agricultural practitioners (these tenets are borrowed from an article by Dr. Joseph Mercola):
Now let me provoke your thinking...
The bottom line is that the health and well-being of the food produced by the land is ultimately dependent on its nutritional "roots."
Same goes for us humans - nutritionally, physically, cognitively, emotionally, spiritually. We are only as healthy (both as individuals and as organizations) as our "nutritional sources."
I'll leave it to you to chase the analogies I insinuate.