The Man Who Ate Himself: An Agricultural Fable
By Dan Allen, originally published by Resilience.org | Sep 25, 2013
“In Greek mythology, Erysichthon…ordered all trees in the sacred grove of Demeter to be cut down. Demeter [Goddess of the harvest who presided over the fertility of the Earth]…punished him by placing Limos, unrelenting and insatiable hunger, in his stomach. Food acted like fuel on a fire:
The more he ate, the hungrier he got. Erysichthon sold all his possessions to buy food, but was still hungry. At last he sold the only thing he had left, his own daughter Mestra into slavery. …Eventually, Erysichthon ate himself in hunger.” – Erysichthon_of_Thessaly
"The invention of agriculture ten millennia ago was the first step toward the current problem of climate change. Humans then began a way of life that would exploit the first of five relatively nonrenewable pools of energy rich carbon -- soil.
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