Self-sufficient sustainability

Yesterday, Dennis L. Meadows gave a wonderful talk about limits to growth. In order to illustrate what we know about sustainability he told a little story.
At a panel on agriculture of a recent global conference on sustainable development were 2 Swedish experts. So, he asked one of them whether sustainable development means that Sweden should become self-sufficient in food production. The expert said: Absolutely, yes. Meadows then moved on to the second expert and asked the same question. This expert answered: Absolutely no.

4 Responses to “Self-sufficient sustainability”

  1. ik says:


  2. rattus says:

    Strangely enough, if you accept the fact of contradiction I suggest to also accept the possibility that both actually meant the same. But, then, I am just a liar contradicting myself.

  3. eb says:

    I bet, the second was the man.

  4. rattus says:

    The slides of Meadows’ talk have been made available by the Club of Vienna.