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Unlimited growth is unsustainable

I wish to thank the editor, Laura Rance, for her Oct. 2 editorial “Finding the Balance” and the approach she outlines for the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment.

It is unfortunate that government Agriculture and Conservation departments, the experts and so-called professionals in this field have not grasped, even a little, the vast knowledge that she possesses and presents to readers.

In the Sept. 25 Manitoba Co-operator article “Hog moratorium law nears finish line, Manitoba Pork Council general manager Andrew Dickson lashes out at government and addresses the long-term effects of restricting hog expansion.

Dickson is certainly well experienced on the government policies and framework concerning the hog industry, as he should be, for his previous employer was the Manitoba government. Being so well experienced and knowledgeable, it’s little wonder the pork council chose someone, with his background for their portfolio to promote and help maintain the hog industry growth.

I refer to this growth….as corporate greed, and it is very costly – as governments now are just beginning to realize. Tolerating something that is wrong, does not make it right.”

Steady incremental growth within a given interval is called “exponential growth” and any scientist worth his or her degree knows that nothing in the universe grows exponentially indefinitely. There is a limit!

Yet economists, business people, corporations and politicians assume that the explosive increase in income, consumer goods and GNP (and inflation) of the past years and decades must be maintained to sustain our quality of life.

Historians know that this growth is an aberration, a blip that must inevitably stop and reverse itself.

As with other provinces who also supported and allowed the production of factory hogs, the hog industry of Manitba is not immune to the consequences of its own creation. John Fefchak; Virden, Man.

Please forward letters to Manitoba Co-operator, 1666 Dublin Ave., Winnipeg, R3H 0H1 or Fax: 204-954-1422 or e-mail: [email protected]

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