“The structure of industrial agriculture is one of large fields, and mass application of artificial fertilisers, pesticides and high yield plants. Agriculture is currently organized on the basis of the competitive pressure to expand and intensify. But this puts a strain on the whole ecological system. In agricultural terms, pressure to expand means draining marshlands with a purpose-built excavator and plastic pipes. Alternatively, it means clearing hedgerows or ploughing right up to the hedges bordering the woodlands.”
“Today our planetary environment is threatened on a scale unprecedented in human history – from the extinction of species, the build-up of toxic and radioactive waste, deforestation and desertification, to the massive alteration of the global climate.”
“…uncontrollable emission of radioactive toxins; the insanity of the nuclear, bacteriological and chemical weapons build-up; unrestrained economic growth spreading commercialisation to every aspect of our lives; overconsumption of goods and raw materials; the erosion of the individual’s right to free speech; anti-human architecture, transport, technology and food production; increasing indifference and irresponsibility on the political front – these are the conditions of modern industrial society, and these are the factors responsible for disease.”
“…supplies of oil and natural gas (as well as uranium) will be exhausted in one or two generations, and will become very scarce and expensive before that point is reached.”
These quotes were taken from the book Fighting for Hope by Petra Kelly (co-founder of the German Green Party) and the paperback version was published in 1984.
So why, more than a quarter of a century later, do these quotes describe current issues?