FOOD ENTREPRENEURSHIP: The Emergent Agriculture: A new paradigm for the sustainable future of food — Our food system, like many other aspects of our life support system is in serious disrepair. A new paradigm of food production, based on practices consistent with the fundamental principles of ecology is gaining traction and offers a viable alternative to the dominant industrial food production system. A new generation of farmers, artisans, scholars and consumers is leading the way toward a sustainable agriculture capable of producing food and fiber without damaging ecosystems, and celebrating the connections between wild nature and the agricultural landscape. Personal experience in the research laboratory and university classroom, on the farm and at farmers markets provides compelling evidence of the emergence of a new, sustainable food system in America.