Episode-96- TSP Rewind – Lessons from The Man Who Stopped the Desert — 2 Comments

  1. I really agree with Jack’s intro. This a valuable technology for more than just crops. But we now have challenges coming at us from all sides. I just saw a documentary called Pumped Dry, which was produced with the assistance of USA Today. As far as I can tell, the data they give about the overuse of groundwater across the planet seems perfectly accurate.

    The only possible remedy that I see is to reforest in order to trap more rainwater for productive use. This could – in goodness knows how many years – restore our groundwater. Although some of the clay aquifers – per the scientists that study these things – are already basically destroyed and can no longer hold water. But reforestation remains key; I don’t see too many other ways out for this planet.

    Jack’s points about government ineptness, business greed, and a reactionary streak among the general public are well-taken. But I think the solution involves building people back up to where they can be sane, ethical and courageous. It will take a lot of work, but there are well-tested ways to do it. So I see that push as going hand-in-hand with the technical solutions for better agriculture that Jack reports about in this episode.