"I constantly attempt to create analogies that represent our system of ever expanding economic growth and the impossibility of continuing the same," Folkerth said. "Growth is not the answer; it's the problem.
Folkerth continued, "My experience with the term "carrying capacity" is that of western ranches. Having owned and sold ranches in Western Colorado for many years, the first question that a perspective buyer will ask is, "What's the carrying capacity?"
"In the instance of a ranch, "carrying capacity" refers to the number of cattle that the resources of the ranch will support on a year around basis.
"Say that number was 200 head of mother cows and their offspring. That means the feed, water, landmass, and handling facilities will support these numbers as a contained unit.
"Here's why. As the cattle eat the feed, they will do so as a unit, each satisfying their necessary intake of hay. In our example, we added 50 cows or 25 percent more than the carrying capacity. Therefore all of the cattle will eat their fill for 75 percent of the year or nine months.
"So why as humans can we not see the very real fact that we are grooming ourselves for the same fate? We have finite resources, but continue to expand infinitely. I promise you that it is no different than the above example of the cows.
"As an example of the pending resource depletion, we now find ourselves having to import 75 percent of our oil from foreign nations (the U.S . hit peak oil in 1970) and we borrow some $3 Billion per day from the Chinese, Japanese, East Indians, Arab nations, and others, to keep our false economy alive."
We import some $700 billion more in products than we export. We also suffer the second largest untaxed underground economy in the world that sends $80 billion in cash transfers back to home countries, annually. We pay over $400 million daily for interest on our $9 trillion federal debt.
"The other 95.2 percent of the folks on earth now want their fair share and often, their sovereign owned, natural resources. Do the math! If China alone consumed at the same rate as Americans, there would be no resources left on earth for any other country.
Reading Folkerth's book provides a foundation for a new awakening for the United States. He said, "We must move to a more sustainable economic model. Growth is not the answer, it remains the problem."
BIGGEST LIE EVER TOLD"
Author: Mike Folkerth
ISBN # 0-9779965-3-0
Publisher: Lifetime Chronicle Press
Price: $13.95 includes shipping
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