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I'm on the other hand not sure the population has to fall, there's plenty of fallow land to till...

It's not just land. Growing food does use up a lot of resources, such as fertilizers (which are energy), machinery (energy again); and it requires very well organized lines of supplies and deliveries, which again use up resources.

It appears more and more clearly that, yes, there is land to till, but the resources needed just won't be there - unless of course we go back to tilling by hand and accept low yields (no fertilizers), which mean high prices.

High price food is here, it will stay here as long as high priced energy is here, and the next step is peak food.

by balbuz on Wed Apr 9th, 2008 at 12:29:45 PM EST
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