Two of the main reasons for this decline are seen to be the loss of natural habitat and changing climate – both attributed largely to human habitat expansion. Our population has doubled over the past 40 years.
“Billions of people rely directly and indirectly on wild sources of meat for income and sustenance, and this resource is declining. It’s not surprising that the loss of this critical piece of human livelihoods has huge social consequences,” Brashares says.
Rather, to speak of disaster communism is to recognise the Earth we inherit is one where the ice caps are melting, the glaciers are retreating, the sea levels are rising, the oceans are acidifying, food webs are collapsing, the rate of extinctions is growing, storms are getting stronger, flooding is becoming commonplace, and where agriculture will struggle to adapt to changing climate. It’s true that there’s no such thing as a natural disaster. Capitalism’s pursuit of endless growth is driving climate change. But even if it is overthrown, even if that happens soon, we’ll be living with the consequences for centuries, or even millennia. That is, if we’re living at all. The IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Reportnotes dryly that “unmitigated climate change would, in the long term, be likelyto exceed the capacity of natural, managed and human systems to adapt.”
As is the case in many parts of the U.S., giant retailers like Walmart and Target have captured a growing share of California’s grocery market over the past fifteen years. Walmart alone accounts for approximately 24 percent of grocery sales nationwide and has expanded rapidly in the past decade. These big box stores are notorious for their low wages and anti-union stance, and for creating an environment wherein smaller businesses must adopt similarly harmful labor practices in order to stay competitive.
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