It started when I walked out of a conference in Washington, D. I walked out, and I felt deflated, like the proverbial ton of bricks had just hit me. This can't work." I was reacting to the framing of the messages.
They seemed still locked in the mechanical, quantitative frame, and thus not really reflecting ecological truths, which for me means focusing on the quality of relationships.
Frances Moore Lappe and Joseph Collins use fact after fact in an attempt to express how extreme the situation was and is.
They propose that the origin of starvation in such areas as Africa and Viet Nam are due to the colonization process, which forced the natives to stop cultivating food plants and focus solely on cash crops.
This message confirms the dominant belief system characterized by the premise that there's not enough of anything: not enough goods, not enough goodness — meaning that there are not enough material things, nor enough good qualities of human character. FC: That really relates to your early work about food.
I love to quote the dear, now deceased, Hermann Scheer, the great German environmental leader, who reminded people that the sun provides us 15,000 times the daily dose of energy compared to what we're currently using in fossil fuel. You said then that it's not the quantity of food that's not enough, but it's the distribution and unbalance of power and so on.FC: Do you remember the first example that came to your mind?FML: One message has to do with the fundamental notion, which you hear everywhere, that "We've hit the limits of the finite Earth." Gradually I realized that this is a mechanical metaphor — it's quantitative, not ecological.The piece vilified the colonizing countries by painting a picture of exploiting the native people and forcing them to rely on imported foodstuffs with intentions of driving up prices on imports while suppressing the costs of exports. Some governments instilled plantations and slavery and it seems that the governments went to ridiculous means to make sure that the natives had to rely on plantation wages. Plantations usurped most of the good land, either making much of the rural population landless or pushing them onto marginal soils. They use this word in order to illustrate that these people are not primitive beings; there are certain areas in their society that need to be developed as opposed to their society as a whole.(Yet the plantations have often held much of their land idle simply to prevent the peasants from using it ? Del Monte owns 57,000 acres of Guatemala but plants only 9,000.? Collins and Lappe frequently refer to these nations as ? These underdevelopments were engineered by the colonizers, and could be undone in time if capitalism wasn't the dominant religion of the world.With a Republican-controlled Senate and White House making federal action on climate change look less...Read more Blood on Our Hands: How We Help Drive Immigration North Each month tens of thousands of migrants cross our southern border. Isn’t that why families leave loved ones to trek vast distances facing untold dangers? Despite ridicule by Republican leaders, calls for a Green New Deal resonate with 80 percent of Americans.It occurred to me that a lot of today's dominant messages — some that are part of the environmental movement and others that seem to just float through our culture — are creating obstacles and standing in the way.So I asked whether we could break through to more of an ecological way of seeing and feeling.FRITJOF CAPRA: In your latest book,, you pose the question, "Is there a way of perceiving the environmental challenge that is at once hardheaded, evidence based, and invigorating?" And then you write, "I believe it is possible that we can turn today's breakdown into a planetary breakthrough on one condition.