Comment 26439

By lorne (registered) - website | Posted August 26, 2008 at 14:46:21

The fact that Hamilton has lost 20% of its farmland is a disturbing but not really surprising revelation. Having recently read Ronald Wright’s excellent A Short History of Progress, in which the author shows that since the beginning of civilization humanity has repeatedly demonstrated its shortsightedness in its exploitation and destruction of valuable environmental resources, it is clear that Hamilton’s loss is only a small part of much larger problems: our inability to learn from the past, our penchant for placing immediate profit over long-term sustainability, and our almost suicidal rush to destroy the very things necessary to continue life on this planet.

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