[ 12/November/21 ]
The problem is not the ability of the planet to provide us with food.
We could feed everyone from the land areas of California if used efficiently.
The issues are deeply within the structure of the economic system, and the sort of value that markets measure.
And before anyone accuses me of being communist – no I am not. Central control is not a solution to the problem. We are dealing with complexity, and it demands both freedom and diversity, and they require cooperation – between all levels and instances of agent.
What we most need to get people caring about the environment is meeting all of their reasonable needs – not making them worse off.
We need abundance, not scarcity. The economic system needs scarcity to work. When most things were genuinely scarce that wasn’t an issue. Now that we have advanced automation that is perfectly capable of meeting the reasonable needs of everyone, then it is an issue – because the economic system cannot deliver that sort of abundance – it is contrary to the internal incentive structures of markets values.
Fundamental reform is required, and it is a deeply complex issue. Anyone who thinks it can be done simply is more problem than solution.