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It's actually more than a few decades of unsustainable tricks, it's a couple of centuries of them. A much-quoted article from 2002 by Gigi Richard summarizes the problem: Industrial farming is fundamentally unsustainable, and while it has held off the predictions of Malthus for quite some time, the best estimate of the carrying capacity of the planet is about four billion people. We have six billion. We are past the tipping point.

http://www.iere.org/ILEA/leaf/richard2002.html

by asdf on Tue Aug 24th, 2010 at 09:16:21 PM EST
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