September 22, 2008

Consumption / production

An interesting talk by Richard Lewontin entitled The Coevolution of Animals And Their Environment, which is about the micro-environments that each organism, at both the individual and species levels, creates around itself.

In the talk he uses a quote, which I think may come from Marx, but my search only came up with the following reference: every act of consumption there is production, as in every act of production there is consumption.
Consuming People: From Political Economy to Theaters of Consumption
By A. Fuat Firat, Nikhilesh Dholakia p77
Which made me think of all the microbes feasting on discarded food and just getting on with things, thriving in whatever we do.

Related posts:
Human Evolution and the Environment
The planet will save itself
Misdirected anger

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