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Down and dirty: Is peak soil more pressing than peak oil?


Filmed as part of the 2011 Ideas Festival, Brisbane. Visiting the US ‘Dust Bowl’ in 1929, future President Roosevelt observed: “a nation that destroys its soils destroys itself”. Vegetarianism and veganism are on the rise as ethical dietary choices. However, the undiscussed consequence of this trend is the increase of large-scale cereal agriculture and its effect on the Australian landscape and biodiversity. Deb Newell, founder of the Hunter Gatherer’s Dinner Club, discusses the concept of peak soil and the benefits of consuming foods grown and raised in their natural locations. Deb is also featured in the May edition of the Griffith REVIEW.

2 Comments on "Down and dirty: Is peak soil more pressing than peak oil?"

  1. Dusko on Tue, 31st May 2011 11:22 pm 

    This is a fantastic video. I shows that we have to return to our hunter gatherer ways to survive. After watching this I did some research on the lifestyles of the Inuit people. Their diet is mostly composed of raw animal flesh and they have almost no cancer or heart disease. Goes against everything we’ve been taught, doesn’t it?

  2. DC on Wed, 1st Jun 2011 3:55 am 

    While the ‘traditional’ Inuit diet is no doubt healthier than ours. After all, can you think of anything less healthy than industrial food? Well, maybe grass soup made from your lawn.
    Industrial pollutants have long been detected in the most remote places on earth. Toxins from factories in Russia, China, America have migrated to cover ever square mile of the globe. The animals the Inuit eat are contaminated now, as is the land itself.

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