You Can't Eat GNP: Economics as If Ecology Mattered

You Can't Eat GNP: Economics as If Ecology Mattered

You Can't Eat GNP: Economics as If Ecology Mattered

You Can't Eat GNP: Economics as If Ecology Mattered

Synopsis

Ecology and economics are not doomed to be adversaries. This lively and concise book presents the exciting new insights of environmental economics as well as the three fallacies of conventional economic analysis. You Can't Eat GNP offers a blueprint for a truly sustainable economy that recognizes the natural resources (like water, air, and soil) on which we ultimately depend.

Excerpt

George M. Woodwell

The Peace Corps set the young Eric Davidson down in a far corner of Zaire in central Africa in a tropical village so heavily dependent on local resources for the necessities of life that money, if it existed at all in that society, was not essential. He had come in hours from a life in the comfortable cocoon of the largest and wealthiest and most highly technologically developed nation to what most in that society would have considered as "camping out in the tropics." But it was not a weekend trip. He was a part of a grand experiment initiated by the United States in more imaginative days, an attempt to bring the disparate parts of the world together. Suddenly he was in a new world in which the objective day by day was neither profit nor wealth, but mere subsistence using the resources immediately at hand.

Subsistence, mere subsistence, within the limits of local resources, has been the objective for most of the people of the world over all of time, despite the ebb and flow of empires, fortunes, wars, and the constant accumulation of . . .

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