Hunting and gathering
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
Agribusiness is about applying large-scale benefits to agricultural operations. By using technilogical innovations and economies of scale, agribusiness operations can create and maintain profits.
Part of this is via processed foods. Foods are processed so food manufacturers can have better chance to profit. Primarily, this is by using various preservatives so foods have a longer shelf life. Also, it involves using high fructose corn syrup as a sweetener rather than sugar. The reason why HFCS is preferred is because it is much easier for transport than sugar is.
So no - I don't think agiculture is the worst mistake in the history of mankind. That's just silly as ****. And even more stupid.
Rather, what we need to do is decide which agricultural advances are worthwhile to continue.
I work in agriculture, and there are some GREAT innovations happening.
One is soilless farming in which crops are grown indoors. Rather than dump fertilizers in the soil in a broadcast way, fertilizers are spritz on the roots controlled by a computer. This is a much more efficient way of fertilizer use than what is currently done.
And what I'd be excited for is greater use of urban agriculture. I would like to see cities develop ways to grow their own produce. One suggestion is rooftop gardening. I would really like to see that further develop.
Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.
Last edited by jamesrage; 07-07-12 at 09:10 AM.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
Trying to imagine the world's seven billion people surviving as hunter gatherers.. nope. Can't do it.
Moreover, the pre agricultural people tended to have rather short and difficult lives, even when there were only a few thousand humans to compete for the limited food supply.
The biggest mistake is thinking that the past was better than the present.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
" ...Scholars say the Viking raids were about survival, not conquest, and were prompted primarily by a shortage of land. In most cases individual Viking chieftains gathered followers and set off on raids. Wherever they went, the Vikings lived off the land, often driving the locals out and taking whatever valuables they could get their hands on... "
Vikings' Barbaric Bad Rap Beginning to Fade
I love the smell of face-palm in the morning!
"You ain't no Muslim bruv!"
Hunting and gathering can't even be classified as a mistake, given its how all living animals survive. So I guess that leaves agriculture.
Agriculture and other human advancements since then have put us and kept us on track to boom and bust. We're self-sabotaging in gradually accelerating fashion and don't really recognize it.
No single raindrop believes it is to blame for the flood.
A modern man with current medical treatments available and the means to practice the hunter/gatherer lifestyle with real food consistency may be a healthier individual then his more typical counterpart.
That is all a matter of opinion. Personally I think a world population of < 300 million would better suit me, I do not care for all these people. More people does not equate better results imo.