Interesting piece in the Guardian by the economist Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia’s Earth Institute. He writes: “Sometime in the 19th century, economics largely dropped its traditional attention to land, water and food, as industry replaced agriculture as the leading economic sector. Economists decided, by and large, that they could ignore nature – take it ‘as given’ – and instead focus on market-based finance, saving, and business investment. Mainstream economists derided the claims of ‘limits to growth.’” He makes what sounds like a (welcome) call to arms: “Economics also needs to team up again with the engineering world, to realise that the economy is a designed system, and one in which smart thinking is required to get the right design.”
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