Leo Walsh Posted over 1 year ago Stewart Brand: 4 environmental 'heresies' I am worried about monoculture as well. Which is another reason why we need to let Ag universities do their basic research. So we end up with 5 to 50 viable strains of, say, corn. This would create the diversity we see now in tomatoes (largely due to Ag research, developing strains resistant to the tobacco virus, vermiculum wilt and nematode infestation). For instance, I read somewhere that an Ag college was getting close to a perennial version of corn. Now that could be very cool. For a land grant university, this makes sense to pursue. If you are an agricultural seed producer, you'd be cutting your own throat. Re: Nuclear. Agreed Freaks me out too. I live about 10 miles from an old-school nuclear plant. And it scares me. Because of the huge potential for damage. But Brand is smart. Maybe they are safer than I suspect? And just over-reacting, thinking about Three Mile Island (and the SNL skit "The Pepsi Syndrome" =) ) back in the day... Re: Malthus. Spot on. The earth does have a carrying capacity. We are not there yet. I just hope we as humans can act like adults long enough to get there, and manage to survive. And then, I look at the US Congress and Senate. And see children who are always right, and cannot put country (let alone humanity) before their petty self-interests. And then I sigh.