We need things consumed, burned up, worn out, replaced, and discarded at an ever increasing rate. Thanks to the increasing eradication of childhood diseases, for the first time in human history most children now get to grow up.
Wilson how many people the planet could sustain indefinitely. In half the world today, the fertility rate is at the long-term replacement level of just over two, or lower. When the consumer takes in too much, this not only explains losses at the beginning of the stage at production and overproduction but also lends itself to overconsumption of energy and protein, having harmful effects on the body.
But we won't get started until we stop trying to shift the responsibility elsewhere. Other aspects of losses surrounding dry matter came at each stage in the food system, the highest amount being from livestock production at But possessions can't fill the emotional and spiritual needs for human relationships, community and some purpose beyond accumulation of wealth and goods.
We even think of ourselves as "consumers" and "shopping" is a recreation.
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Geneticist David Suzuki is a writer, broadcaster and leading analyst of social and environmental issues.