Monday, February 15, 2010
Global Warming's Demographic Impact
Apparently, global warming is destroying the productivity of the agriculture in vast areas of the world, among them the Middle East. Consequently, the migration to cities is intensifying. Since urban lifestyles are detrimental for human reproduction, and no city is sustaining its population except by continuous reinforcement from the countryside, the implosion of Middle East population is becoming more and more probable. I think that about 2025 Jewish population growth in Eretz Israel will be larger than Palestinian Arab growth.
The operational consequence of that we should be ready to take over the agricultural lands that the Palestinians will soon be leaving. A revealing fact is that the fully developed (water, road, etc. infrastructure) agricultural lands we abandoned in Gaza (Gush Katif), that supplied Europe with fresh flowers and vegetables in winter, have not been settled by Palestinians till now. The type of agriculture I see is extensive winter barley. In the pic above they collecting barley hay for roughage - all at a very unmechanized level of technology. In the other pic a barley field has been burned out because of a lowlying electrical cable accident (I hope no one was electrocuted). Looking at these pictures (from a Palestinian propaganda blog) the contrast with the hothouses and packing barns that were in the same area under Israeli occupation and what it is today is shocking. But what is even more shocking is the emptyness of the land, absolutely incredible when we consider that the Gaza Strip is one the most densely populated area in the world, something like 22,000 persons per square kilometer (about 25 in the US).