What it takes to address really big problems

September 20, 2011 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Jack Alpert for this article.  See: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=115×299292

What it takes to address really big problems

by Bodhisantra Paul Chefurka on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 2:08pm

This morning I read a fascinating story on a financial investment site. It’s an article about Jeremy Grantham, the British co-founder of Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo (GMO), a VERY large Boston-based asset management firm with more than $100 billion in assets under management. In the article he makes some remarkable comments about the state of the human world:

Legendary investor Jeremy Grantham of GMO has published a treatise on the root cause of exploding commodity prices.

Grantham concludes that the world has undergone a permanent “paradigm shift” in which the number of people on planet Earth has finally and permanently outstripped the planet’s ability to support us.

From a societal standpoint, the news is far worse. Grantham believes that the planet can only sustainably support about 1.5 billion humans, versus the 7 billion on Earth right now (heading to 10-12 billion). For all of history except the last 200 years, the human population has been controlled via the limits of the food supply. Grantham thinks that, eventually, the same force will come into play again.

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