How is he a corporate stooge? He writes articles for the Guardian...
Posted by John Monro on August 24, 2022, 8:14 am, in reply to "Best ignored as he's a corporate stooge & dangerous at that "
... but is this so abhorrent that you call him a corporate stooge. I don'r think he gets a penny from any corporation at all. He's allowed to make money from his writing, that's his job. Your's is just a cheap slur - but anything George does or says is automatically derided in these pages. He's an activist for the environment and our future. Is he right all the time? No. and his record on some geopolitical issues isn't good. But in regard to the environment and humanity's place in it, he's as good as anyone and much better than most. He was reduced to tears on TV as he tried to explain our peril to an unwilling to listen interviewer. Perhaps you'd best read his articles in a non-judgemental, open minded way, on his web page, unless you yourself are a corporate stooge, or environmental criminal, most of what he writes you'd strongly agree with. https://www.monbiot.com |
I do have a serious beef with George Monbiot though, which is his denial that the world is overpopulated, or that overpopulation is a problem. Which is totally illogical when you read his latest post, an open letter to Jyoti Fernandez, a supporter of pasture fed organic meat production. In his letter he describes the shortage of food in the Middle East and the lack of land to produce sufficient for the local population, and their high reliance on staple food imports to feed their population.
He writes Why have certain nations, especially in the Middle East and Africa, become so dependent on imports? Is it because of the dysfunctional, commodity-driven agricultural model you and I both contest? In part, yes. But, for many nations, the principal problem is more basic: they simply do not possess sufficient fertile land and water to feed their people, regardless of how that land is farmed. As climate breakdown accelerates soil degradation, loss of soil moisture, droughts, highly disruptive weather events and heat shocks that make outdoor work impossible, this fundamental issue will only worsen. Very large tracts of the planet will become unfarmable.
This is the elephant in the room he fails to acknowledge. Just three years after I was born the population of MENA (Middle East and North Africa) in 1950 was 104 million. It is now 500 million plus. Arid, low fertility landscapes with a quintupled population in less than one lifetime, and there's a food problem. Surprise, surprise.