Collapse

I’ve just started reading Jared Diamond’s

Collapse, and I’m already hooked. The writing seems more personal than in Guns, Germs, and Steel; Diamond starts the book writing about Montana, an area where he clearly has fond memories and a lot of ties. The information about farming in Montana has been particularly interesting, shedding a lot of light on the situation of farmers as a whole in the United States. While certain environmental and climate-related challenges are particular to Montana, the larger sociological and economic pressures that Diamond identifies are at work throughout the country. It’s wild to think that just in the last 75-100 years the population has moved away from a subsistence farming lifestyle, and we’re now facing the prospect that the ‘family farm’ will likely be a quaint memory in a few more decades.

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