Preface. Industrial agriculture is destroying topsoil, aquifers, and biodiversity with land use changes and pesticides. Pests adapt within 5 years on average to toxic chemicals (see Dyer’s “Chasing the Red Queen” below), and scientists are running out of new poisons. Someday farming will be forced to go back to being organic as pesticides stop working, and material inputs such as oil (diesel for tractors/harvesters) and natural gas decline (fertilizer), just as plants themselves are constrained by Liebig’s Law of the minimum.
Alice Friedemann www.energyskeptic.com author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation”, 2015, Springer, Barriers to Making Algal Biofuels, and “Crunch! Whole Grain Artisan Chips and Crackers”. Podcasts: Collapse Chronicles, Derrick Jensen, Practical Prepping, KunstlerCast 253, KunstlerCast278, Peak Prosperity , XX2 report
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