The agricultural apocalypse and the upcoming food shortage.
By, Uwe Paschen.
Climatology and Agriculture are by far not a simple science nor easily understood by simply reading a couple of articles or even books about it. Why it is so difficult to follow and make sense of it all. Yet, one way it could be explained, or at least in part is through a Simple Physical example.
If we have a building, let say with an Olympic size Swimming pool. Wish is rather large. In addition, we put good water in it and equip it with a good filtering system for the water as well as for the air. Then we put fish and plants in it, as well as insects and animals, and build a perfect self sustainable eco system so once balanced out we can shot off the machines and filters since all it needs is the Sun to keep the cycle going.
Once we achieved all that, we introduce Humans. All is still fine and well balanced. However, now we put more and more Humans in there and give them tools as well. Those generate heat, not only body heat, but also heat from the tools and fires they make to be more comfortable. And they cut the plants in to great numbers for food and fire, now being cut those plants are no longer there to filter the waste and this waste now runs directly into the water and the fish and plants there start dying….
Very fast the exes heat generated over heats the building and kills all the plants and insects that are not adapted to those higher temperatures. The polluted water kills the rest. Now all this dead organic matter starts to decompose and generates a lot of Methane Gas that causes even more pollution and heat, very soon nothing can live in that building any longer. Other then some anaerobe bacteria, that may still be able to strive unless the acidity has gone up to much for them to exist and then it would be a Chemical nightmare.
The Earth is constantly trying to maintain a very delicate balance in order to keep life striving and staying alive as a planet that is rather unique in our Solar System and maybe even in the Universe at large. We are in a building as described earlier and if we mess it up. They wont be another building to go to. To my knowledge, there is no other planet quiet like earth available, at least not so far.
The concept of balance or Ecological Balance is a very sensitive equilibrium for almost every ecosystem, where microorganism, Insects, animals and plants interact to produce a stable and perpetual line of life, where the waste of the one is the nutrient of the other. This in an endless cycle. Such as the water cycle or the nitrogen Cycle.
Those cycles can be disrupted at times, mainly and usually due to Human activities such as over population, Waste, Burning fossil fuels and bad management of their habitat. Ignorance, disrespect, laziness and arrogance as well as greed are the most frequent forces driving this systematic destruction to at times cataclysmic proportions. Such as the Chernobyl disaster, The Bhopal disaster, The Exxon Valdez oil spill, or the coming Climate disaster.
The Climate disaster is due mainly to human activity even if way to many still today would like to free them self of that guilt they will still have to bear the consequences of it through many man made disasters caused by a rupture in the natural cycle of the earth equilibrium that has cause climate changes.
Those climate changes will and are already causing food shortages, yes, some of that food shortage can be attributed to the methanol and ethanol production to fuel car engines, however that is rather minimal and not the main problem. The temperature changes, provoked by our pollution are and will be of apocalyptic dimension for Humanity.
As I said earlier the ecosystem exist and strives with in a very delicate balance and farming or agriculture is part of that balance since we are dealing with plants and lives stocks that will strive under certain conditions and just die once the balance is no longer existent. Such as longer summers or winters, higher or colder average temperatures, more or less rainfall.
All those little factors will dramatically change our food production and its performances. This to a point that we will no longer be able to feed even the best location such as North America, Europe and Asia. Causing global famines, that in turn will cause revolutions and wars as well as more pollutions and there for destabilize our ecosystem even further to the point that we may very well be the next Dinosaurs to die out.
The article bellow send to me by Amy as well as other recent events did motivate me to write this post based on the experience I gained in Science, agriculture and environmental consulting and research.
Thank you Amy. It is in deed a much needed wake up call and yet one many including my self keep on broadcasting over and over again with out ever being heard though by the masses.
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