Overproducing food makes life worse

Modern life is a place of illusions, missing information and increasingly miniscule individual roles in society helping to keep our understanding of reality as a whole system at bay. Among these many misperceptions is the Civilizing Effect.

Society provides a market, people wander in, money crosses the point of sale, an item magically appears as if by conjuration and everyone is happy. But, much is hidden from the consumer. The total cost is not summed up on the price tag of a given item for sale.

Groceries are one example. Industrialized farming and product distribution relies heavily on fossil fuels, a byproduct of our diplomatic and military might; our taxes at work.

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Agriculture itself transforms fertile land from self-sustaining biosphere into an artificially sustained cropland patchwork of less fertility. With its constant expansion, planet Earth is moved aside to make way for a costly and redundant human monoculture.

“Anthropogenic biomes, also known as “anthromes” or “human biomes”, describe the terrestrial biosphere in its contemporary, human-altered form using global ecosystem units defined by global patterns of sustained direct human interaction with ecosystems, offering a new way forward for ecological research and education.”

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With profit as the driving force behind modern agriculture, crop yield must be maximized. Pesticides come into use to keep insect and disease predators in check. These poisons act like nerve-attacking agents that accumulate and persist in the environment.

In our panic to stuff every belly on the planet, we make ourselves sick with crippling neurological disorders. But, even as it dawns on us that our first snappy technological fix was in fact a bust, we have genetically modified crops with all its missing information to the rescue.

“Used widely in the United States from the 1950s through the 1970s in agriculture, the chemical was also found until fairly recently in the insecticide lindane, used as a treatment to kill fleas and ticks on pets and lice in humans. Even if you’ve never treated a dog or cat with lindane or worked in agriculture, the odds are you’ve still been exposed to the toxin. Banned in the l970s, B-HCH is a dangerous contaminant that won’t go away — it is still found as a contaminant in water and soil.

Now a team of researchers have found it in human blood. What’s more, they’ve identified elevated serum levels of the pesticide in patients with Parkinson’s disease, strongly raising the possibility this specific pesticide is tied in to the development of PD.”

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Soil fertility on such land is propped up by a manmade crutch called fertilizer. This fertilizer, which changes the natural fertility cycle into a cycle dependent on the reapplication of fertilizers also turns into a runoff pollutant that enters fresh water courses.

Since streams and rivers are bound for civil populace consumption, we have water treatment facilities. These facilities have their own operating costs, an expense that is roughly kept in check for a while by having non-stop growth of paying recipients.

The majority of consumers only see what they immediately pay. But, that $3.49 loaf of bread was more than just compensation for its production and distribution.

It came at the cost of biodiversity now lost to future generations because their predecessors demanded constant, instant gratification and endless growth to keep prices low. Everyone could have as much of anything as they desired. All they ever saw were some digits on a price tag stuck to a plastic package.

“But in the past three centuries, exponential human population growth has led to a 500% expansion in the extent of cropland and pasture world-wide (see box 1, figure a). In Europe and North America, unchecked agricultural development has already transformed many natural habitats and depleted their biodiversity. Similar transformation is now underway in the tropics, where most of the world’s biodiversity is found, with huge implications for both wildlife populations and ecosystem functioning. Endemic Bird Areas (EBAs), globally important centres of biodiversity, are under above-average threat from agricultural expansion (box 1, figure b). As tropical forests are the predominant natural habitat in EBAs, this tells us that they too are particularly threatened by agriculture.”

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Maybe it was the prior centuries of mass deaths from wars and famines that have caused a more destructive humanist overreaction where we are bound for more of the same, but on a global scale.

Unlike so many species that thanks to our careless expansion have recently vanished, mankind was never endangered in the past, leading us to understand our overreaction is irrational.

Following the age of industrialization and emotional panic, world population on its tiny incline suddenly shot straight upward. Now it is clear that excessive food production is not needed for anything and is costing us dearly.

“Over the past 20 years a dramatic transition has altered the diet and health of hundreds of millions of people across the Third World. For most developing nations, obesity has emerged as a more serious health threat than hunger. In countries such as Mexico, Egypt and South Africa, more than half the adults are either overweight (possessing a body mass index, or BMI, of 25 or higher) or obese (possessing a BMI of 30 or higher). In virtually all of Latin America and much of the Middle East and North Africa, at least one out of four adults is overweight.”

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The proposed global Carbon Tax to prevent climate change and thus human deaths has been making headlines. This idea is like trimming a tree by clipping only one outer branch.

The trunk, our overproduction of food, is an insane reaction against our fantasy of too many human deaths.

The trunk is where a more effective control mechanism can be applied. One proposal is to apply a tax at the mass industrial food production source and let the damage mitigation flow outward to all points from that primary source point.

The Carbon Tax controls only an end point far from primary sources of output, only adjustable after damage along the way has occurred.

Worse, the Carbon Tax only indirectly impacts, and only after the fact, so many of the symptoms outlined above that are caused by overproducing: pollution, overpopulation, obesity, poisoning people, destruction of the biosphere and the dieoff of species.

11 Comments

  1. highduke says:

    Not using pesticide requires more land to produce the same quantity of food that you’d produce on 50% less land with pesticides. I practice agriculture for part of the year in Serbia. I agree with your article but pesticide use a Catch22 with Large-scale farming. A family of 6 can farm 11 acres & 10 cattle & 20 pigs with a tractor, waterpump & basic farm implements & even run a convenience store like one of my uncles.

  2. highduke says:

    Not using pesticide requires more land to produce the same quantity of food that you’d produce on 50% less land with pesticides. I practice agriculture for part of the year in Serbia. I agree with your article but pesticide use a Catch22 with Large-scale farming. A family of 6 can farm 11 acres & 10 cattle & 20 pigs with a tractor, waterpump & basic farm implements & even run a convenience store like one of my uncles.
    Oops…forgot to say great post! Looking forward to your next one.

  3. highduke, the whole point is that pesticides wouldn’t be required with a much lower population. we wouldn’t need to unnaturally produce more than nature intends in a given area if we didn’t overgrow our populations in those areas. it’s hard to imagine such a world because we live in a world with pesticides, TV, and cars that run on a nonrenewable energy source, but this is how things were done before the modern age, and we were mostly the better for it.

  4. highduke says:

    Dont be a naive, stupid, city-boy hipster. Try and grow an acre of vegetables or a vinyard without pesticides like I did when I first took over my grandpa’s farm & the bees will stuck dry 3/4 of your grape output & insects 1/2 of your vegetables, the ones that survive are a fraction of their weight, so without pesticides a farmer needs TWICE AS MUCH LAND to sustain himself, has NO SURPLUS to sell to the city, food prices skyrocket, poverty predominates & food shortages become the norm.

  5. Nils says:

    It’s curious that the article didn’t mention anything about farm subsidies and how they contribute to a lot of why we have food overproduction.

    Like most things in life it seems like an issue better addressed by moderation than over or under extremes. Sure we need a way to control insects from ruining our crops, but we don’t need DEET in every bloodstream in America. We should be putting more time and energy into finding less toxic and hopefully renewable sources of pest control. Seems like a much better way to use our tax dollars than making sure we produce more corn than is in any way necessary.

  6. highduke says:

    The truth is that Pesticides are not the problem in Europe or Canada & Australia that they are in the USA, where the Feds have legalized FLUORIDE in drinking water, a chemical acknowledged by all Western govts except the US to lower IQ. It is the only Western country to do this & to overdo pesticide toxicity in general. It’s deliberately done. Estrogen levels found in Great Lakes tap water since the 70s are too low make N. American men gay, it’ll make them womanish due to epigenetic factors.

  7. We are suffering from our own economic success, basically. Overproduction/oversupply can be as bad for an economy (or even worse) than underproduction/undersupply. All advanced White/Western societies (and some advanced Asian nations) are currently glutted with a massive oversupply of goods and services – this has led to sinking demand across the board (because most people already have all that they need)…this means less employment, and thus a stalling economy. Too many people have also took on too much debt because they have been forced to do so in order to ‘get ahead’ in the modern USA.

    Frankly, the best way to return the American housing market to ‘normalcy’ would be to tear down a lot of the excess housing supply in order to bring it back in line with the very slack current demand. Notice how they are doing this to the autos which have been traded in during the ‘cash for clunkers’ program in order to reduce the overall supply of used autos floating around the market.

    We are living under Jewish-Marxist tyranny. The ultragreedy international Jewish financiers and their filthy allies are trying to manipulate the basic economic law of supply and demand. Under normal (non-manipulated) circumstances prices would drop on goods/services like housing, autos, medical care, food, college educations, etc because there is such an huge oversupply of these things in White/Western countries – but the Jewish-Marxist manipulators want to keep prices artificially high even though there is a huge oversupply of the aforementioned goods/services in order to make sure that ordinary people (mostly Whites) remain mired in permanent debt-slavery to the rotten Jewed system.

  8. highduke says:

    I think that at this point, SURVIVALISM makes more sense than trying to convince a fluoridefilled populace not to commit ethnic suicide. If you have a woman who’ll follow, then buy your way out: save $ for however many years & head to the hills, start a family & hope for Russia, where there are 3 inhabited newly-built villages where young people live without ANY technology & where 1 000 000 NeoNazis operate, led by Middle-Class professionals, even journalists. The Russian people have potential.

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  11. Rfirefly says:

    Aside from the arguments about the technical side of food overproduction, I believe there are deeper more personal concerns here. Capitalism itself is based on greed. It arose from greed, is sustained by greed and sustains more greed. I, like all good Americans was raised to be greedy. I want more stuff, more fun, more food choices. But for me greed reaches a point of diminishing returns. Basing your happiness on greedy little “needs” creates unavoidable comparisons with those who have more. So happiness through capitalism will never be complete – at least for me.

    When food, no matter how its created becomes a national obsession, that’s capitalism gone awry. (Even in Men’s Health magazine, every other ad is for a food product). No matter what kind of food it is, more is not better. And I would go so far as to say that the ubitquitous exposure to different foods we’ve managed to surround ourselves with, is killing our bodies in exactly the same way too much focus on “stuff” kills our altruistic tendencies, our sense of sharing, or concern for deeper thought than “oooo buying that would make me happy”

    The Rand-ian world in which we live (both Ayn and Paul) is bad on so many levels, but in the end the problem I have with it is that it’s just not fun. Selfishness, getting ahead, having big money goals stops the process of enjoying the journey. And when food companies get too greedy, they feed more than our stomachs. They literally feed the need for greed. So we all overeat crappy food and most of us are powerless to do anything about it because we get greedy for more pleasure and less physical work – as in the gym – where I have to head right now to burn my 1000+ calories for the day. As painful as working out is, the feeling and the way it affects everything else in my life makes it worth it.

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