Urban environment, small nature, heavy damage

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When urbanization puts pressure on rural life… Recently, the world’s attention has turned to the Ukrainian crisis. This serves as an excuse for politicians to free themselves from our dependence on fossil fuels. This pressure harshly highlights the impact our urban environmental desires have on the countryside.

In fact, after years spent promoting gas heating with very useful thermoregulations, we are now dependent on Russian gas which has become unacceptable. To get rid of it, public authorities emphasize biogas, the name is there well, it’s natural!

But how is this biogas made? At first, thanks to methaners that are supposed to collect cow dung from farms … With one stone, dung no longer contributes to global warming, and they produce energy! Enough to reconcile the ecologist with livestock, which is nonetheless well criticized for its consumption of corn – itself a water consumer – and its supposedly disastrous carbon footprint!

However, to ensure mass production of biogas, not all French cows will suffice. So the public authorities granted the right to put the atom directly into the methaners! Because the plant has a gas production capacity equivalent to cow dung! In other words, so that city dwellers can get buses” Green color For biogas and heating, the state requires farmers to grow corn, not to feed people or animals, but to break it down directly and thus produce gas!

Besides the annoying aspect of turning our farmers into gas producers, such a policy can leave doubts about environmental battles of shifting geometry: the ayatollahs are regularly scandalized over the amounts of water needed to grow corn but rise up against reservoirs designed to counter them, meanwhile, promoting methandes! This environmental advocate for veganism, even vegetarianism, speaks against animal abuse in the livestock sectors but does not contradict the fact that cows are turning into a biogas plant!

The construction field is no exception. Following the fad of wooden construction, urban ecologists are rising up against the industrialization of the forest! Wood is good but trees are better! It is clear that they have just discovered that wood is not a miracle material that appears by magic, in the form of a pillar or plank, but is the result of an industrial process that begins with planting branches, then cutting. tree to turn it in the end.

Indeed, this industry chooses species for their profitability, performance and change of territory. In short, working in the forests, yes, but you have to leave nature untapped, so wooden construction is already outdated in favor of hemp and straw!

A faster, annual plant with a vigorous development, hemp has many qualities that we find after being abandoned for years. So now you have to build from hemp, hemp wool, hemp concrete, you name it! But where does hemp grow? Well in the fields! Let’s ask farmers to produce it, in addition to corn to produce gas! So our farmers are also the producers of our building materials!

The current geopolitical context is also causing stress on the grain market and some countries like India have openly declared that they will no longer export their produce, keeping it for their own people! So the French farmers will have to produce more but with fewer fields!

The positive point is that the townspeople are now also asking for straw to insulate buildings! Once again, two birds with one stone! It must be overlooked that the rural world has already made use of straw, for breeding, and as manure. Cows that produce biogas will have to fight manufacturers to keep their bedding and feed!

As our farmers turn into producers of building materials and energy rather than the nation’s nutrients, into a city” working angle » Tens of millions of euros in lost money to support startups trying to solve the squaring problem, trying to produce three strawberries and two carrots in a few cellars or containers in the city, in white gloves and without bending, the closed circuit It’s green! And what does it matter if it’s done with so many “data centers” and artificial lights, that pollution isn’t seen in the city!

It is clear that until now, no startup has succeeded in finding a viable economic model in the production of high-tech fruits and vegetables, to believe that eventually farming with a bent back and both hands in the ground to spread mud still has a bright future!

A notable exception, in order to address nutrient deficiencies in plant-based diets, plants “Cultured meat It began to take shape … in the countryside. The projects were certainly not started by start-ups but by good food specialists with a well-established business model!

The urban environment’s appetite for food production, systematically against nature, raises questions … When does the world think it is best to grow fruits and vegetables in containers or basements without soil? In artificial light, in sterile environments, and meat in laboratories, who can eat what nature gives by her work? When did the world slip to the point of trusting urban geeks to provide for our food needs more than farmers? At what stage does a sane person come to say to himself the following: This is the future! »?

By driving everything that bothers you out of the city, the city actually puts an enormous pressure on rural life. By accumulating energy production and building materials while ensuring food subsistence for the nation.

All energy production Green color It depends on the countryside, from nuclear power plants, which must be far from urban areas, to wind turbines, including biogas, building materials, storage depots, and finally the food supply for the entire population because it is not urban agriculture that will change the situation on the subject. ..

This is the complete paradox, when our country continues to invest and equip ” dense urban areas On the grounds that it will be ecological and that thanks to the taxes imposed on the entire population, it continues to strip the rural areas, deserting them of all public services and aid. For some, modern and crowded public transportation, hospitals, universities, etc. For others, compulsory use of individual transportation with dependence on fossil fuels, medicinal deserts and school closures.

When comparing the maps of the results of the recent presidential elections with this apparent imbalance, it can be thought that resorting to extreme voting is to some extent linked to a general boredom of rural populations with the exploitation they have suffered by the wealthy – do urban ecologists with an immigration problem like the media sell it us easily.

When you want our urban environment” nature in the city It is, in fact, breeding industrialization in the countryside which she is quick to denounce and point out better to convince herself that life in the city would be more virtuous!

It may be time to find a more balanced relationship between urbanism and the countryside, to understand that by evaluating the rural character the urbanization can move towards a serene environment.

Stefan Vedrine

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