by Mike Adams
the Health Ranger
March 11, 2011
If you look around what's really
happening in our world today, there's an inescapable pattern that
curiously emerges: Much of what's going on is simply unsustainable.
It can't go on for much longer, in other
words. And it must collapse due to the laws of economics or physics.
Here, I've put together a collection of twelve systems that are
utterly unsustainable on our planet. Each of these twelve is
scheduled for some sort of collapse or shut down in the coming
years. They range from economics to medicine, population and the
environment. And interestingly, the collapse of just one of these
twelve would have devastating consequences across human
What happens when two, three or ten of
these things collapse?
This article doesn't cover the consequences of the collapse of these
unsustainable things, but we'll work on covering that in future
Here are the twelve:
Debt-based banking and economic
There's little question
global fractional reserve banking system is headed
for a catastrophic collapse.
It's a system based on debt
rather than sound money principles, and the laws of
economics dictate that the global multiplication of money
and debt is entirely unsustainable.
This system will collapse, and when it does, it will be so
large that the economic devastation will be global.
Governments have actually made this worse, of course, by
bailing out the dishonest investment institutions that have
made the situation worse. The coming financial collapse will
teach humanity some hard lessons about honest money.
When it comes to money, banking and debt, Ron Paul has
always been right, after all.
Conventional agriculture and
"rape the planet" farming
The current agricultural
system that feeds the planet is simply unsustainable.
It is a "rape the planet" model
that clear-cuts forests
to grow GMO soybeans that feed
factory cattle which are turned into processed meat. Even
the plant crops grown through conventional agriculture
depend on chemical fertilizers from sources that are running
out (fossil fuels, phosphate mines, etc.).
Furthermore, the mass application of chemical pesticides,
Monsanto's Roundup chemicals is destroying
the viability of soils while polluting the world's farms,
rivers, streams and oceans. This system is unsustainable.
When it collapses, humanity will
learn (the hard way) that only sustainable agriculture can
sustain human life on our planet.
Mass-consumption economies based
on buy-it-and-trash-it behavior
When children are raised
to be good little Americans (or Canadians, or Australians,
etc.), they're taught to consume more stuff.
In America, it was even called
"patriotic" by former President
To support your
local economy, you're supposed to go out and buy stuff that
you don't need, then chuck it into the trash after you use
it, then go out and buy more!
Virtually the entire first-world economy is based on this
idea that people need to consume more stuff, then throw it
away, then consume more. That's what all the corporate
advertising is for, to convince people that they are
inadequate unless they buy and consume more high-priced
cars, designer jeans, electronic gadgets and throwaway home
This system is insane. And it
cannot continue indefinitely.
The accelerating loss of farming
documentary you need to see on this called 'Dirt.' (www.DirtTheMovie.org)
It explains the value of dirt
(soil) and why conventional agriculture methods are
destroying the dirt upon which our civilization depends.
No dirt = no food. Get it?
And the dirt is disappearing at
an alarming rate, thanks to the unsustainable practices of
conventional agriculture, with all its tilling, soil
destruction, poisons and GMOs.
I wonder what the people will
plant their seeds in when all the cropland dirt is either
dead or gone?
The mass poisoning of the oceans
and aggressive over-fishing
Oceans ecosystems are
collapsing. This isn't some future prediction, it's
happening right now.
Ocean acidification is
destroying the coral reefs and mollusks all across the
At the same time, human civilization treats the
oceans as giant planetary toilets into which all the toxic
chemicals of modern civilization are flushed:
...and a whole lot more.
Massive fish die-offs are
becoming increasingly common,
and fish populations are plummeting across several species.
We are beginning to see the
results of mankind's ongoing poisoning of the oceans.
Mass genetic pollution of the
planet through GMOs
It will be the great,
dark legacy of our modern civilization: The widespread
genetic contamination of the planet through the use
Genetically engineered seeds are spreading their altered
genetic code all across the world. The DNA of GMO crops is
now detectable in soils, foods and water systems.
upshot of all this? It's a big unknown, of course, and
that's the frightening part: No one before has ever "played
God" with the planet, right out in the open, and then
observed what happens after a few years (or decades).
Thanks to companies like
Monsanto, we are the experiment, and no one know if it might
ultimately lead to something like a widespread crop failure
or even the alternation of natural web-of-life interactions
across multiple ecosystems.
And if genetic pollution causes problems, how do you "clean"
that pollution? You can't! Genetic pollution endures.
crops become infected with GE seeds, it's all but impossible
to eliminate the DNA contamination.
conventional medical system
Big Pharma's days are
numbered - based on economics if nothing else. The
monopolistic pricing, the deadly side effects and the
corrupt, criminal operations of the industry make it all
Big Pharma and the whole chemical approach to medicine is
bankrupting companies, cities, states and nations. No nation
can economically survive in the long run if it keeps
spending its money on Big Pharma sick care schemes.
Ultimately, those nations that
hope to survive will need to ditch Big Pharma and return to
natural medicine and preventive nutrition.
That day is coming. Sooner that you think, probably.
contamination of the human population and the environment
Until the day comes that
Big Pharma collapses into ruin, the pharmaceutical pollution
of the planet will continue.
Right now, pharmaceutical
factories in India (which
export their pills back to the states to be sold as
brand-name drugs) are dumping untold thousands of gallons of
dangerous chemical drugs into the waterways there.
In the U.S. and Canada, the water near every major city is
contaminated with pharmaceuticals.
The situation is so bad that Big Pharma's chemical runoff
threatens the future of life on our planet!
Fortunately, this sad chapter in human history will soon
come to an end.
Runaway human population growth
Here's the one nobody
wants to talk about. But make no mistake: The human
population growth we see right now is entirely
The available of cheap food and
fossil fuels over the last century has contributed to an
unprecedented population explosion that is now nearing its
end. There are only so many acres of farmland, after all,
and only so many acre-feet of water to irrigate it.
Don't misinterpret this, however, of thinking that I support
some sort of population reduction measures a la
Bill Gates and his quote
about reducing the world population by 10-15 percent through
the use of
vaccines and health care.
Unlike some of the truly evil world leaders, I don't believe
in killing off human beings just to
population. Rather, it makes more sense to teach sustainable
living practices along with good parenting and
Strangely, most of the new
children brought into the world today are not the result of
stable, well-prepared parents choosing to have children, but
rather the unintended consequences of casual copulation.
Fossil water consumption for
A just published story on this
issue, talking about how the
Ogallala Aquifer is running dry,
threatening the agricultural output of Kansas, Oklahoma,
Nebraska and even parts of Colorado and Texas.
This is a global issue, affecting India, China, North
America, South America and nearly every nation that produces
any significant agricultural yields.
Fresh water is running
out all across the world, and while additional water
supplies can always be created through
example, that's a very expensive way to replenish the water,
and it's almost entirely dependent on fossil fuels (see
Even if you could build enough
desalination plants to irrigate the world's croplands, the
resulting food prices would still result in mass starvation
by those who couldn't afford the food which might cost ten
times the current price.
Imagine paying $20 for a loaf of bread and you get the idea
of what's coming.
Fossil fuel consumption
I realize this is a
highly contentious issue, with some people claiming that
there's an "unlimited supply of oil" in our planet because
it's replenishing itself all the time.
This idea simply doesn't square
with what we know: The Earth is a finite object, occupying
finite space. Inside it can only be a finite amount of
fossil fuels. The recharge rate of fossil fuels is on the
scale of millions of years, meaning we can't simply wait
around for more fuel to reappear if we use up the current
There is convincing evidence right now that Saudi Arabia,
the world's largest oil producer, has been lying about its
output capacity for at least the last decade. It can't reach
its production targets, and there is reasoned speculation
that its own best-producing oil wells are approaching their
Even if oil remains available
for a few more decades, it still becomes increasingly
expensive oil, meaning that everything else down the supply
chain becomes more expensive, too: Food, fuel, consumer
The era of cheap fossil fuels is coming to an end. Although
fossil fuels will no doubt be around for several decades
more, the cheap stuff is long gone, it seems. The citizens
of Earth will soon need to find an alternate way to power
their cities, cars and businesses in the 21st century.
Oh, and by the way, solar probably isn't the answer, as
solar panels depend on rare earth metals that are entirely
Chinese mining operations.
Wind energy also hasn't panned out as it should have.
And the governments of the world
continue to suppress
free energy technologies such as Cold
Fusion, which has now been proven to work
by even the U.S. Navy.
The widespread destruction of
Here's one that drives
some people nuts. What? We can't keep clear-cutting the
rainforests to plant genetically engineered soybeans?
Not if you want the planet to survive, actually.
delicate web of life on our planet upon which human life
ultimately depends. The more animal habitat we destroy, the
more it ultimately comes back to haunt us.
Now, I'm not in favor of the insane green police and
the United Nations' freedom-stealing efforts to pigeon-hole human beings
into centrally-controlled behavior boxes.
The key here is
finding ways for people to live in balance with nature while
still maintaining their freedoms.
And that depends on education.
We need to continue to teach
people how to make sound decisions about where they buy
their wood furniture (to avoid the slashing of old-growth
We need to teach people who eat meat to buy truly
free-range, grass-fed meat rather than factory-farmed meats
that depend on soybean mega-farms.
And of course, we also need to
make people aware of the benefits of getting more
plant-based foods into their diets where possible, because
when properly prepared, plant foods provide a lot of
nutrients with a smaller ecological footprint than most
I'm not against those who eat meat, by
I just think that people need to
consider where their food comes from no matter what they're eating,
and then take steps to reduce the ecological footprint of the food
they're choosing to consume.
The best answer to this is to buy local
In fact, I would argue that eating some beef steaks from a
local farmer is more ecologically sound than juicing up organic
fruits and vegetables grown and imported from Chile (unless you live
in Chile, of course).
That's an arguable point, of course, and opinions differ sharply on
this, but I believe that we really need to focus on eating local
foods just as much as we do on what we're eating. Personally, I
don't eat cows, but even for the plants I consume, I'm working hard
right now on growing more of my own so that I'm acting with
integrity - "walking the talk" so to speak - to be aligned with what
I'm advocating for others.
While we're at it, one of the best ways to reduce the destruction of
animal habitat is to grow your own food by turning your yard into a
garden. Reduce your demand for store-bought food and you
unquestionably reduce your ecological footprint on the planet.
And reconsider how much seafood you eat. Most seafood is extremely
damaging to ocean ecosystems.
I don't have space to discuss it all
right here, but we'll cover it more in the near future.
Life is on the
So those are 12 of the biggest things that are entirely
unsustainable on our planet right now.
Human life depends on most of them. It
makes you wonder: How will humans survive when these systems and
resources upon which we depend have run out or collapsed?
That is a question we'd all better be asking ourselves right now.
Because the age of,
...is fast ending.
The future of life on our planet will require
something far more evolved than the infantile, selfish and
self-destructive mindset that humanity has so far demonstrated.
Debt-based money systems don't cut it
Burning up all the fossil
fuels is only a fool's abundance
Medicating the humans and animals
with toxic, synthetic pharmaceuticals is a form of medical insanity
These things will all come to an end.
The question is:
Who will survive the end of these
things and be around to help shape the next society which must
operate with far greater humility and wisdom?