Sure you wanna read this on a sunday:
"Perhaps the central concept in Marx for our time is metabolic rift. He understood from Justus von Leibig that even mid-19th century capitalism was sending molecular flows out of joint. Leibig’s agricultural science was pointing to deficits of nitrogen and potassium that happen when modern farming feeds an urban population, whose shit and piss end up washing out to sea via that great 19th century infrastructure, the sewer network of central London, constructed under the supervision of Joseph Bazalgette.
"There’s an ambiguity in metabolic rift, however. It is tempting to read into it a diversion — rift – from some state of nature whose governing metaphor is harmony and order – metabolism. As if nature were like some self-correcting free market that tended to equilibrium. In this popular image, ecology is a state of balance, harmony and order from which ‘we’ have departed and to which we have to return."