Up to a point, Umair.
Dougald Hine
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I think the idealisation of Scandinavia by the critics of neo-liberal capitalism is part of the need to believe that there is a credible alternative to the way things are right now without needing anything much to really change. We can still continue our highly industrialised way of living, but be nicer to each other and the planet. Kind of like ‘green consumerism’. What is missing from their simplistic, dualistic, grass is always greener in Scandinavia analysis, is that as you point out, it’s not as green as we think, and that it’s only ‘greener’ because of the artifical nitrogen used. Take away the artificial nitrogen and would it be so green?

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