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and loss of a basic infrastructure and services. If you learn how to grow your own food, you will not be forced
to starve or become a hunter-gatherer if the grocery stores run out of food. However, we can only become
sustainable if we preserve environmental capital such as soil and water and give nature the respect it deserves,
and this requires abandoning the exemptionalist mindset. To grow your own food, you must preserve your soil
and a source of fresh water, but you must also have knowledge and skill. Read on. The Value of Ecosystem Services and Cost of Environmental Degradation A healthy environment is vital to humanity. Our well-being and even our existence is dependent upon
reliable ecosystems (Figure 6). The natural environment offers invaluable services and resources such as waste
absorption, fresh water, clean air, soil for growing food, plants and trees that provide oxygen and shade, and
animals that support human populations via processes such as pollination and the conversion of waste back to
soil. Yet most people take these benefits, these “ecosystem services” that nature provides, for granted. Some
even view nature, and...
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This note was uploaded on 01/08/2014 for the course SUST 510 taught by Professor Marker during the Fall '14 term at Black Hills State University.
- Fall '14