February 16, 2020 preprint on Biorxiv: “The environmental impacts of palm oil and its alternatives” investigates how the environmental impacts of palm oil compare to other crops, Palm oil has a very high yield per unit of land, compared to rapeseed, soybean and sunflower but is connected to large scale loss of tropical rainforest and […]
Nature and biodiversity
Overview article: land use for energy crops, solar and so on. Increasing land use conflicts with the needs of combating biodiversity loss, that requires large tracts of undisturbed land. No amount of eco-friendlyness will compensate enough to be on par with that.
According to this overview article on foodsource.org, 87% of global soy production is processed into soybean oil (19%) and soy meal or ‘cake’. Of this, 99% is used as animal feed for (factory) livestock farming. About a fifth of Soybean oil production is used as biofuel, the rest is for human consumption f.i. cooking oils. […]
The history of Biosphere 2, an attempt to recreate the Earth’s 7 biomes in a bubble. What both deep ecologists and ecomodernists might learn from it. Quote: ‘ “Deep ecologists” see all of nature as intrinsically valuable: it’s simply impossible to substitute for the unique and irreplaceable value of any given organism. For other ecologically […]