[permaculture] Global Food Supply Near the Breaking Point

E. E. Mitchamore Jr emitch at att.net
Tue May 23 10:58:41 EDT 2006

Well said, and I agree, except for one thing:  Uniqueness.  I don't believe that "uniqueness" and "get(ing) along to work towards a solution and common good" are necessarily in conflict.  It's the competition (my way is better than yours, just because it's mine), that gets in the way.  Diversity is a strong theme of Permaculutre.  We should celebrate unique strengths and abilities in ourselves, as well as our plants, while learning to employ those strengths in cooperative fashion..

A local (Austin) example: A well-meaning group of fervent environmentalists recently spent a lot of money ($450,000), trying to get some changes made to the city charter to protect the local aquifers.  Their passion ultimately caused failure, as the proposed amendments went too far for the general public and energized the opposition.  Will they be able to regain a position of influence, or did insistence on "one way" do irreparable damage?

E. E. "Mitch" Mitchamore
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: J Kolenovsky 
  To: permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org 
  Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 7:23 AM
  Subject: Re: [permaculture] Global Food Supply Near the Breaking Point

  Thank you, Bart, for stepping up to the plate.  I read your website 
  daily. This group could benefit from more people of your background. 
  Maybe the naysayers would become believers. Heinberg, Holmgrem Kuntsler, 
  Colin, et al are a host of good sources on the PO theory.   I believe 
  the proof or credible demonstation is a very SIMPLE thing. (like KISS). 
  Oil is finite. There is only so much. This is not about RUNNING OUT. It 
  is about shortage and supply and demand. Look at this. How long oil been 
  pumped out of ground? 150 years? How many oil consuming machines made in 
  that time period. 2 billion? How many tailpipes idling on fossil fuels? 
  1 billion?  C'mon. This planet is not that big and is getting scarce on 
  fossil fuels and oxygen. The real issue is not the aforementioned but 
  is, "What are we going to do going forward? Are we going to put aside 
  our uniquenesses and get along to work towards a solution and common 
  good? Will we pull our heads out of our encyclopedias and lexicographias 
  and look around at the world about us. Institutions aren't going to 
  educate people about this. Will we step up and educate them about 
  possibilities to live in the future?" Or are we scared about what we 
  have done in the past 150 years (fattened calves) and start thinking 
  about living real lives in the next 150 years?

  > Message: 10
  > Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 21:50:40 -0700
  > From: "Bart Anderson" <bart at cwo.com>
  > Subject: Re: [permaculture] Global Food Supply Near the Breaking Point
  > To: "permaculture" <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
  > Message-ID: <000d01c67e24$7153af30$7901a8c0 at bartp4>
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  > Toby Hemenway wrote:
  > "Turning away from the course we are on, as a civilization, is not something
  > that is going to occur by a vote or changing our shopping habits...."
  > Thanks for explaining more, Toby.  As usual it makes sense.  For a minute I
  > was afraid you had been infected with doomerism!
  > Lawrence London, wrote: 
  > "Where is there any proof or credible demonstration of oil shortages? Who
  > can you believe about this?"
  > Over the last few years, much writing and research has appeared that answers
  > these questions.
  > For me, the best summary of Peak Oil has been in Richard Heinberg's books:
  > "The Party's Over" and "Powerdown".  Heinberg teaches human ecology and is a
  > permaculture ally.
  > Many of his articles are online at:
  > http://energybulletin.net/news.php?author=heinberg&keywords=&cat=0&action=search&pageID=2
  > David Holmgren has thought a lot about Peak Oil:
  > http://energybulletin.net/news.php?author=holmgren&keywords=&cat=0&action=search (go to original articles for best display)
  > http://www.globalpublicmedia.com/search/holmgren
  > I especially like Holmgren's interview by Adam Fenderson
  > http://energybulletin.net/524.html
  > video: http://www.globalpublicmedia.com/interviews/106 
  > Bart Anderson
  > energybulletin.net

  Look!   Energy shortages prove its right:
  Learn about Peak Oil changing your lifestyle:
  www.energybulletin.net  - exhilirating
  www.peak-oil-news.info/ - informative
  www.theoildrum.com/     -  interesting
  www.postcarbon.org/     -  practical
  www.celestialhabitats.com - cool

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