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    Williamsmith
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogar View Post
    Commodity prices are beyond my scope of understanding, but suffice it to say that we subsidize corn production and a lot of those who benefit are large scale industrial farms. Profit motivated free markets are at the foundation of our country, but I'm not so sure how that fits when the government subsidizes certain things and creates a false market.
    Agreed, but I think both capitalists and socialists find reasons to justify false markets propped up by governments. Historically, subsidy markets get created due to a real or perceived need and then when that need vaporizes or is proven unjustified....government doesn’t know how to remove that subsidy without losing votes.

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    Add agribusiness ...pesticide and herbicide use to the list of activities with catastrophic consequences for the human race within a century. We probably won’t be around by the time climate change threatens to wipe us out....according to this scientific journal the die out of insects is having immediate effects on the odds of our survival. Intensive agriculture, urbanization, habitat loss, pathogens and introduced species and then less important climate change.....will kill off all the insects within a hundred years and all the animals that rely on insect food.

    So much for good news.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...06320718313636

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    It could be a race between innovation and disaster. Things like test tube grown meat are really not that far off. There is a new book out that I know I won't read called, Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline. Best I can tell from the summaries, the title says most of it. It could be that even with our brilliant scientists racing to solve problems, we won't escape the population dynamics of a biological population and things will self correct.

    If there is any good news from your disasters WS, it is that I our generation of conspicuous consumers and fossil fuel guzzlers will most probably be gone before it all comes down. If I were a young person coming into such calamities, I'd get the feeling that our leaders have sold us out for greed and power. Matter of fact, I can get that feeling anyway.

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    It could be a race between innovation and disaster. Things like test tube grown meat are really not that far off. There is a new book out that I know I won't read called, Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline. Best I can tell from the summaries, the title says most of it. It could be that even with our brilliant scientists racing to solve problems, we won't escape the population dynamics of a biological system and things will self correct.

    If there is any good news from your disasters WS, it is that our generation of conspicuous consumption and fossil fuel guzzling will most probably be gone before it all comes down. If I were a young person coming into such calamities, I'd get the feeling that our leaders have sold us out over greed. Matter of fact, I get that feeling anyway.

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