Agriculture, Topsoil and the Ecology of Colonialism | EV & N – 285 | CCTV

http://ecoethics.net/2014-ENVRE120/20180909-EV&N-285-Link.html

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The structure of extractive agriculture reflected in the “land-grabs” that have become a world-wide phenomena is not sustainable. Colonialism once took the form of outright invasion by one powerful state against weaker regions of the world. In our day, however, “hedge funds” and international food and agricultural corporations are “investing” in land-grabs around the world.

Institutional investors, including major American universities like Yale and Harvard have undertaken this kind of investment in recent years. This kind of “investment” is based on “mining” the topsoil around the world and it can become ecologically devastating, destroying the healthy soils, disrupting water supplies and displacing indigenous farming populations.

Careful scrutiny is now required by each of these university and institutional investors to assure that this kind of neocolonial land-grab process is not ruining local farming communities and accelerating the destruction of topsoils while destroying their natural capacity to sequester carbon.

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More fundamentally, need to re-think the colonial legacy of which we have been the Western World has been so far the primary beneficiary.  See:

Ultimately we need now to learn how to run Earth’s finite system on the infinite throughput energy from the sun.  Because of the myth of infinite economic  growth launched and fostered as a legacy of colonialism we have been operating on a metaphor that is headed  exactly 180-degrees in the wrong direction.  We desperately need a compass  change to re-organize our economies in the direction of sustainability — not growth — if we  hope to survive much longer as a civilization.

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