Something that's actually good

Two gems from Vaclav Smil, polymath, scientist, critic and basically all-around expert in how stuff should actually work (via Wired):

On the food system, in a nutshell:

"We pour all this energy into growing corn and soybeans, and then we put all that into rearing animals while feeding them antibiotics. And then we throw away 40 percent of the food we produce."

And even better, on the problem with Wired technomania:

"Today, as you know, everything is 'innovation.' We have problems, and people are looking for fairy-tale solutions...You people at WIRED—you’re the guilty ones. You support these people, you write about them, you elevate them onto the cover."

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