Well, I guess I did this to myself. I should have just titled this thread "Making ethanol from sugar beets"...too late now.
@Weedeater64...my apologies; please feel free to express your views, I just hope you never have to test them. Anyone who thinks hunter/gatherers had a lot of free time should try it sometime..and BTW, ALL the neolithic peoples whose cultures and remains have been studied suffered greatly from external and internal parasites. When you eat anything you can find, and rarely bathe because the hot water and soap necessary are products of the technology you despise, parasites and disease are facts of life.
But please, don't let facts hinder your fine philosophy. I fully agree that the era we are currently in, aka "The Age of Stupid" is totally unsustainable...7 billion and counting, depleted reserves of water, profligate waste in every aspect of our lives, etc., etc. But one positive note in the unmitigated horror of any kind of infrastructure collapse will be the utter hilarity of watching all the anti-technology, granola-munching, Birkenstock sandal-wearing bunny-huggers try to get by without the products of the very technology they despise. Unlike many, I know from hard experience that every morsel one stuffs in their pie-hole has to be grown or caught, processed, and shipped to their grocery store of choice, where they may pedal their bicycle (made of steel somebody had to mine, smelt, forge and assemble, BTW)to purchase the fruits, vegetables (careful not to buy any with any blemishes!) and tofu (made from soybean oil that has been extracted from the beans with hexane, a known carcinogen)that make up their dinner, with money (another technological invention) they (hopefully) earned from some job statistically unlikely to be directly involved with any kind of real production, then take it to their home, heated, cooled and lit either directly or indirectly with fossil fuels, cook it with more fossil energy, and consume it, all the while complaining bitterly about the pesticides and chemical fertilizers needed to produce it. Then after their hearty meal, they go take a shit on their manufactured ceramic toilet, flushed with water that has been pumped, purified and delivered with yet more fossil energy, then to add insult to injury, wipe their ass with toilet paper made from trees harvested and processed with yet more fossil energy!
But what the heck, you are as entitled to your opinions as I am to mine...I just pray that you never have to put your money where your mouth is; lack of technology may not be as liberating as you think.
*Edited to change diatribe to impersonal "they" since it is not aimed at weedeater64 personally, just his flawed philosophy*
We scare because we care.....