[permaculture] Urban/ Rural Footprint

Laurence Gaffney lgaffney at bigpond.com
Wed Jun 17 20:07:26 EDT 2009

The following article -  Is Humanity Fatally Successful? :-
is  by William E Rees co-originator of the Ecological Footprint approach in which he makes the following statement:-
"What eco-footprinting shows is that, in ecological terms, the Dutch don't live in Holland. Similarly, urban dwellers don't "live"in their cities; urbanization simply separates us from the productive ecosystems that sustain us but lie far beyond the urban boundary. An apt analogy is "the city as human feedlot." Like the city, a livestock feedlot is an area with an extraordinarily high density of consumer animals and a corresponding major waste management problem. Cities and feedlots are incomplete ecosystems - the productive land component is some distance away." 

As I read this I thought of Toby Hemenway's thought provoking article of 2005 entitled Peal Oil and Urban Sustainability.            http://patternliteracy.com/urban.html 

Laurence Gaffney

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