“the human demand for food, meat, clothes, and warmth now consumes at least 25 percent of the net product of photosynthesis on land. The free-wheeling, far-reaching maw of our material metabolism—that thing we normally call the global economy—devours as many as one out of every three sugar molecules made by dirt-bound plants, on net … we have roughly hooked one out of every four of [plants] into our planetary system of consumption and speculative exchange”

Robinson Meyer’s awestruck response to the following awesome sentence in the recent IPCC report:

“People currently use one quarter to one third of land’s potential net primary production for food, feed, fiber, timber and energy.”

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