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The great curse of human language?
I just came across the following sentence on the Internet:
“The “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” Compass has additionally become a “knowledge concept” that is instrumental in creating an economic, cultural and research‐oriented human interest story as real and as vivid as HDTV”
Here’s the source:
I read it and my brain locked up for a moment. That’s what triggered this blog post…
I have been witness to many a misunderstanding or worse, disaster caused by our inability to communicate through language (written and oral). I was reminded of our limited experience with language as a human race, when I saw this analogy: “if we recast the 200,000 years of existence of modern man as a 2 hour movie, the first 1 hour and 59 minutes would be without language as we know it”. Wait! Think about that for a minute..
I have wondered whether modern language is an effective way to communicate, or a great curse. My ill experiences (which I remember more vividly) suggest the latter. As we embark on a great digital age in human history, this topic becomes more relevant. Are we forever cursed to operate within the narrow box of modern language? Or, will human innovation rise to the challenge and invent a better way?
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U.S. farmers converted more than 1.3 million acres of grassland into corn and soybean fields between 2006 and 2011.
Update: This is more about America’s heritage landscapes - grasslands - and less about particular crops. Grasslands provide important habitat for countless species. President Theodore Roosevelt protected millions of acres of grasslands by including them in several National Parks. Converting them to crops destroys habitat for animals, changes and poisons the soil, pollutes rivers, devalues people’s properties, among numerous other environmental harms. Destroying nature for a quick buck is not the right direction for America’s future. The situation is worse when climate change is factored in.
And, the US Forest Service has an excellent overview of how grasslands are threatened by agriculture and climate change.