Resources are not;
— Erich Zimmerman, 1951
Resource extraction drives many economies and is the basis of everything we manufacture. Some economies are bound, even cursed, by their dependence on resource industries for exports (e.g. DR Congo, Saudi Arabia). Other countries import resources from elsewhere and add value to them (e.g. UK, Europe, Japan, Taiwan). Driving much of this is relatively cheap energy and transportation and, in some economies, cheap labour as well. Up to now, from extraction to consumption to disposal, our resource use has been linear in nature. With foresight and critical thinking, resource use can be turned successfully into a more circular economy.
What's Your Food Footprint?
(BBC Earth Lab 8:47)
Imports, Exports and the Reliance on Resources
What is Dutch Disease? (The Resource Curse) (EI Academy: 3:47)
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)