[FoRK] [tt] Does economics violate the laws of physics?

Tom Higgins tomhiggins at gmail.com
Thu Oct 29 12:45:16 PDT 2009


n Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 11:07 AM, Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> wrote:
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> Consider the increase in mean food output per farmed acre over the last few
> centuries as a function of agricultural technology including fertilizer,
> smarter cultivation processes, industrial-grade productivity in harvesting
> and planting that compress cycles.  All of this squeeze more and bigger
> harvests out of a single unit of time / space.  Consider the increase in the
> amount of practically-farmable land due to technological progress in
> cost-effective water transport and storage, irrigation efficiency, etc.
>  Etc.  Examples abound;  surely this is clear?  Low-tech = low-efficiency
> use of a unit resource.  Better-tech = more-efficient use of a unit resource
> = said unit resource supports more people.


Are you factoring the wear on that time/space of growable land/sea
the increased use and compressed cycles might cause? "Better" tech may
not not always be a long term betterment for utilization.


-tom(just a thought, not a counter argument in any manner)higgins



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