More is Less
As Vandana Shiva has written, “At the level of how much food we are producing for humans, we have worked out and demonstrated, on the basis of biodiversity calculus for farm after farm, that the idea that industrial mono-cultures somehow produce more food is just not true, even in purely quantitative terms. Monocultures produce more monocultures, but they do not produce more nutrition. If you take a field and plant it with twenty crops, it will have a lot of food output, but if any one of these individual yields-say of corn or wheat- is measured in comparison with that of a mono-culture field, of course you will have less, because the field is not all corn. So just by shifting from a diversity based system which respects diverse species into a mono-culture industrially supported with chemicals and machines and everything else that goes with it, you automatically, tautologically, define it as more even though you are getting less- less species, less output, less nutrition, less farmers, less food, less nourishment. And yet we have been absolutely brainwashed into believing that when we are producing less we are producing more. It is an illusion of the deepest kind”.
Vandana Shiva p52 Ecology and Spiritual Vision.
More is Less