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Alf Hornborg: land vs. money valuation

Professor Alf Hornborg is best known for his understanding on the concept of ‘ecological unequal exchange’. He talks on alternative value measurements compared to paper money. “When the UK, in 1850, imported cotton fibre and exported cotton textiles this seemed ‘fair’ but if you quantify the amount of land to produce either of these goods then you find that the UK was depending on 58 hectares of colonies for every hectare of UK soil.” Land and labor used to produce a commodity are highly unequal. Alf further dissects the disorder that capitalism creates at its perifery, proposes a specific type of 2 currencies-economies and calls the whole green economy saga an ideological cover-up. These are the first 15 minutes of their fascinating talk.

Professor Alf Hornborg is a partner in EJOLT and works for the human ecology department of LUND university in Sweden.

This podcast is part of a series produced by Firoze Manji for EJOLT, in collaboration with EJOLT partner CCS. All podcasts will be aired on his program AfrobeatRadio, broadcast by WBAI in the US to around 500.000 listeners

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