corrupted by indifferent agricultural methods. According to some reports, we are losing topsoil at arate of 1% a year while the National Academy of Sciences has determined that cropland in the U.S. isbeing eroded at least 10 times faster than the time it takes for lost soil to be replaced.
Fortunately, scientists have devised a new form of
agriculture, called “Hydroponics”. Thispowerful new medium leaves a sea of options for the human population, not only in compensatingfor the damage we have caused, but also by expanding the possibility of when and where food can begrown. With hydroponic agriculture, we could theoretically grow food in the middle of the desertwith proper irrigation or by tapping down to the water table.Other untapped food production possibilities include suspended multi deck underwater ocean farmsas well as
.The bottom line is that food production is only as scarce as we decide it is. If we choose to becomeintelligent and strategic with our production methods, while preserving the environment and takingfull advantage of scientific inventions that maximize our food production capacities, reducing wastefuland inefficient methods, healthy food can be as abundant as water itself. The starving children of theworld are not so because of a lack of available food. It is their lack of purchasing power, not truescarcity, which causes the needless deaths of millions a year.
Summary of Chapter 3:
The dynamic equilibrium of planet earth in relationship to the human species is not a rigid system. Itis up to us to keep things in balance through the intelligent management of the earth’s resources. If this is done correctly, there is no evidence to support that we cannot have abundance for all.The three attributes of management are 1) Knowing the raw materials available 2) proactively working to overcome any deficiency through strategic substitutions 3) Using technology in all facetsin order to maximize high quality production, minimize environmental impact and overcomeproblems in general.Nature has its own laws and it is in our best interest to acknowledge them and align our behavioraccordingly. We must be prepared to find out that what we think to be true today will be updatedtomorrow. This is the
nature of knowledge. We learn from our mistakes. All errors arereally gifts, for they can bring us to a higher level of understanding. The Scientific Method, with itsbasis of logical thought, evidence and testable proof, is the guiding philosophy that has solvedproblems and improved humanity’s quality of life.
Chapter 4:The Means For Social Evolution