The ecological effects of fossil-based food production have been catastrophic, particularly with respect to agriculture. Farmers now tend to treat soil as an inert medium with which to prop up plants while force-feeding them chemical nutrients. As a result, the complex ecology of the living soil is being destroyed, leading to increased wind and water erosion. For every bushel of corn produced in Iowa, three bushels of topsoil are lost forever.
Richard Heinberg in The Party’s Over: Oil, War, and the Fate of Industrial Societies
Richard Heinberg is an author, educator, and speaker about issues including energy and resource depletion, economic collapse, and ecological devastation.

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