• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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  1. Note that while typical meat production DOES require more energy production, pastured, grass-fed meat actually requires much less energy production than the typical vegetables eaten–grown out of fossil fuel nitrogen and destroyed prairies/habitats, as opposed to natural topsoil formulated from pastured animals’ waste by-products.

  2. “Part of the expansion, as well as its enabler, will be an infrastructure boom—roads, water and sanitary plants, energy and transportation systems—forecast to cost up to $30 billion by 2030.”

    That should be $30 TRILLION, not billion. Although I have no expertise or knowledge in this area, it seemed absolutely certain to me when I first read it that the $30 billion figure was completely and grossly wrong.

    To confirm my near-certain suspicions, I looked up the original paper. Here is the relevant line:

    “Recent estimates suggest that between $25 and $30 trillion US dollars will be spent on infrastructure worldwide by 2030, with $100 billion a year in China alone.”

    I note that this error managed to again escape detection and made it intact into the version of this article which appeared in the Winter-Spring 2013 issue of Bostonia, which is where I first came upon it.

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