February 21, 2013

Food Threat Could End Civilization

Paul & Anne Ehrlich, Project Syndicate

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Humanity faces a growing complex of serious, highly interconnected environmental problems, including much-discussed challenges like climate change, as well as the equally or more serious threat to the survival of organisms that support our lives by providing critical ecosystem services such as crop pollination and agricultural pest control. We face numerous other threats as well: the spread of toxic synthetic chemicals worldwide, vast epidemics, and a dramatic decline in the quality and accessibility of mineral resources, water, and soils.

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TAGGED: Collapse (structural), Civilization, Agriculture, Starvation