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AGRICULTURE ON SPACESHIP EARTH

M.S. Swaminathan

The expression ‘Spaceship Earth’ was first used by Buckminster Fuller many years ago to dramatize the fact that the resources of Earth are finite. Today this viewpoint has become necessary for man. If one looks at it this way, one can see Earth as an extra large, very efficient, Nature-designed spaceship, carrying its full load of three billion passengers through space at 18.5 miles per second, equipped with its own energy, refueling, recycling and life-support systems. A thin envelope of air, soil and water around the Earth together with energy from the sun provide the major ingredients for the evolution and survival of the large number of living things, including man, on Earth, and all are ...

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