The various ways of thinking that shape our policies and rule our lives – science, moral philosophy, economic and political theory – all seem to pull in different directions, very much to the world’s detriment. The discipline that could provide coherence is metaphysics. Metaphysics has largely gone missing from the western world but all who care about the future of humanity and the biosphere must take it seriously. The College for Real Farming and Food Culture takes it very seriously indeed.