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A Landscape of Dreams

One of the core themes of the Retrotopia narrative I’ve been developing here over the last month or so is the yawning gap between the abstract notion of progress that we all have in our heads and the rather less pleasant realities to which this notion has been assigned.

Peak Oil Notes - Oct 8

 A midweek update. After three days of increases which took oil prices up by over $4 a barrel, prices slipped on Wednesday after the weekly stocks report showed US crude inventories hitting a new all-time high.

The Problem of Agriculture

That phrase—the problem of agriculture, instead of problems in agriculture—is taken from Wes Jackson, who points out that our species’ fundamental break with nature came roughly 10,000 years ago when we started farming.