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Film clip ‘The fundamental issue is land’


Brand new clip from the ‘Peak Food‘ chapter of the film.

Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed argues that only by addressing unequal access to will we be able to produce enough food to survive in the post carbon era.

Industrial agriculture is fundamentally dependent on hydrocarbon energy, both in terms of the oil necessary to fuel machinery, as well in terms of its integral role in making pesticides and fertilizers. With the peak of world oil production most likely at hand, leading to a global supply crunch around 2014, industrial agriculture will also increasingly face the constraint from diminishing resources, further endangering world food production.

The 1% own all of the land, so what are we going to do about it?


5 Responses

  1. james greyson January 18, 2012

    The text above suggests one fundamental issue and the clip suggests another. Both are relevant but have different entry points for solutions. Wonder if it’s better to avoid trying to track symptoms back to single fundamentals. Why not track back to a set of fundamental systemic errors that need a set of systemic solutions?

  2. Dean January 18, 2012

    Hi James, I’m unclear on what you mean as the clip and text are both suggesting that in order to grow food and survive in the ‘post carbon’ era we need to open up access to land and resources for everyone. This will require a systemic change. Remember you are watching 1.30 minutes of a 77 minute film and it may be being seen slightly out of context. We address the land issue in more detail in the ‘Post Peak World’ Chapter of the film. I would welcome a response on the whole film once it is out next month. Thanks for your comment
    Dean Puckett
    Director – The Crisis of Civilization

  3. James greyson January 21, 2012

    G8 to meet you Dean, super film! I was thinking about the ‘how’ of opening up access to land and resource, in terms of the design of the systemic solutions. We could think about ‘fundamentals’ as fundamental errors that all need fixing, a bit like levers in a lock that all need to be shifted?

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