Resource extraction drives many economies and is the basis of everything we manufacture. Some economies are bound, even cursed, by their resource industries (e.g. DR Congo, Saudi Arabia), others have freed themselves and add value to resources imported from elsewhere (e.g. UK, Europe, Japan, Taiwan). Driving much of this is relatively cheap energy and transportation and, in some economies, cheap labour as well. Thus far, from consumption to disposal, our resource use has been linear in nature. With foresight, resource use can successfully turn into a more circular economy.
Imports, Exports and the Reliance on Resources
Agricultural and Food Resources
Behind the Brands: 10 Food Companies Global Control
10 Companies that Control the World's Food (WSJ: 2:22)
Monsanto: The True Cost of Our Food (OCC: 13:37)
Life Cycle of a Plastic Bottle (TED-Ed: 4:06)