The flawed logic of the longest straw

When short term solutions destroy the long term benefits

Drawing and text by Frits Ahlefeldt,

Drawing of a truck with a very long straw stopping by a small well
The flawed logic of the longest straw

Today there is often a huge short term profit connected with clear cutting and ripping the landscapes of any low hanging profits, while the consequences for the biodiversity and locals not even enter into the considerations or spreadsheets of the decision takers 

It’s all about having the longest straw, being able to pull fish from the ocean, water from the rivers and minerals from the mines faster and earlier than anybody else, to gain the upper profit hand.

The problem is that this strategy more often than not destroy the balance and long term sustainability of the resource in question… and when the ocean, forest, mines, river or glass is empty, not even the longest straw can re-create what have been lost for all…

Comments are closed.

Create a website or blog at

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: