It occurred to me that a lot of today's dominant messages — some that are part of the environmental movement and others that seem to just float through our culture — are creating obstacles and standing in the way.
So I asked whether we could break through to more of an ecological way of seeing and feeling.
FRITJOF CAPRA: In your latest book,, you pose the question, "Is there a way of perceiving the environmental challenge that is at once hardheaded, evidence based, and invigorating?
" And then you write, "I believe it is possible that we can turn today's breakdown into a planetary breakthrough on one condition.
People can't feed themselves because they are dumb.
The authors label colonialism as the central source of worldwide starvation.
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Frances Moore Lappe and Joseph Collins use fact after fact in an attempt to express how extreme the situation was and is.
They propose that the origin of starvation in such areas as Africa and Viet Nam are due to the colonization process, which forced the natives to stop cultivating food plants and focus solely on cash crops.