Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Imperial Valley gives us keen insight into the unsustainable nature of an imbalanced society.
"The only real difference is that the stagnation and declining number of small farms happened faster and earlier in the Imperial Valley than elsewhere in the U.S."

So there we have it, yet again. The conversion from a system of smaller, sustainable farms to corporate industrial agricultural can have devastating effects on an environment if not properly monitored. This means governmental regulation. No other entity within the U.S. is allowed authority in such matters.

So, this article like several others we've had, makes the point that we must have cooperation within the sciences. We must have a holistic approach to these complex problems, as they are holistically composed. This is, as James O'Connor is cited in the text, because production is composed of three conditions.

1.) "The natural conditions which are the content and context of production"
2.) "The personal conditions of the people and their familial milieu"
3.) "The communal conditions such as material infrastructures and cultural sites and practices"

Obviously, if production is based upon these three components we must have all three in equanimity to have optimal production. As it goes within market economies, the entire system must function cohesively for compartments to experience optimal enrichment.

And let's face it, we all want optimal enrichment.

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