HAPPY MARCH – Links all around

Some links and follow-up from around the web:

Mark Bittman, in what is becoming a monthly routine (and a welcome one), has summarized recent events in the food/agriculture world for the NY Times. It seems Monsanto continues its mission to destroy biodiversity and corner the market – also known as the worlds food supply. The abuse of antibiotics continues to create new bugs which are infecting both animals and human animals. Fish populations are still being devastated, and  “a 10-year epidemiological study has found a link between diet soft drinks and cardiovascular disease.”

It seems Alain de Botton has drawn the ire of many a blogging scientist as reviews begin to appear for his new book, and his TV appearances are causing brains to explode. Such as this, excerpted below:

“The stupid comes running at you like a screaming homeless guy convinced the aliens are chasing him right from the lead.

‘Probably the most boring question you can ask about religion is whether or not the whole thing is “true.”’

That sentence, right there, is enough to invalidate anything at all de Botton has to say on any subject for the remainder of his life. Really. Once you have discarded truth as an irrelevance, and reason itself as something tedious to put up with, like that annoying aunt who always gave you a sweater instead of some awesome toy for Christmas, exactly what do you hold of value? In de Botton’s case, the answer would be, ‘Why, warm fuzzies, you silly man. What else?'”

TED 2012 is underway, and leading off the program are two talks which seem diametrically opposed to one another.

Paul Gilding tells us that Earth is full and we have no more resources left, in fact we’re already in resource debt.

Whereas Peter Diamandis tells us that although we have problems to solve, revolutionary technological breakthroughs are on the horizon, and will allow us to enjoy an era of unprecedented abundance.

Peter and Steven Kotler, co-authors on the book Abundance were interviewed recently by Sam Harris about this subject.

I’m personally excited by the water purification project developed by inventor Dean Kamen, and the prospect that in the next 50 years energy could become so cheap that energy intensive recycling operations will suddenly be more viable.

What do you think?