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Would we be more secure if military expenditures were replaced with better management of our planet's resources?

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Background and Context of Debate:

Global military expenditures in 2009 exceeded $1.5 trillion.[1] Better management could include and not be limited to: supporting farmers in converting from industrial-chemical agriculture to organic farming; developing clean, renewable forms of energy; extending Internet access to all citizens of planet Earth.

This debate takes place in the context of the human population growing to about 7 billion people by April of 2012, which is also when close to 3.5 billion people will have access to the Internet.[2] Half of a population is frequently considered to be a quorum.

It is unlikely that the United States, which accounted for $661 billion in military expenditures in 2009 by itself,[3] would approve a plan for demilitarization unilaterally. A global referendum could take place in April of 2012 that would demonstrate that it is the will of the people worldwide to convert to a peace economy.

Some of the questions to be considered in this debate are: Are there better measures of national security than military might? Would transitioning from industrial-chemical agriculture to organic farming improve security? Would developing clean, renewable energy supplies improve security? Would extending Internet access to the entire human population improve security? These questions and the pro and con arguments and quotations surrounding them are presented below.

Are there better measures of national security than military might?

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Would transitioning from industrial-chemical agriculture to organic farming improve security?

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