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posted by martyb on Tuesday January 11, @04:47PM   Printer-friendly
from the Betteridge-says-"No" dept.

Can We Feed Billions of Ourselves Without Wrecking the Planet?

We are now producing more food more efficiently than ever, and there is plenty to go around for a human population of 7 billion. But it is coming at a drastic cost in environmental degradation, and the bounty is not reaching many people.

Sustainable Food Production, a new Earth Institute primer from Columbia University Press, explores how modern agriculture can be made more environmentally benign, and economically just. With population going to maybe 10 billion within 30 years, the time to start is now, the authors say.

The lead author is ecologist Shahid Naeem, director of the Earth Institute for Environmental Sustainability. He coauthored the book with former Columbia colleagues Suzanne Lipton and Tiff van Huysen.

This is an interesting interview with the author. Do you agree (or disagree) with his conclusions?

Columbia Climate School

[Also Covered By]: Phys.org


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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by DannyB on Tuesday January 11, @05:06PM (9 children)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 11, @05:06PM (#1211813) Journal

    Isn't Soylent Green the answer to this problem?

    Soylent Green is produced in small squares that fit easily in the hand and can be easily inserted into computer terminals on the USS Enterprise 1701. Kirk, Spock and McCoy are often seen carrying red, yellow and blue versions of these squares.

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  • (Score: 2) by Thexalon on Tuesday January 11, @07:13PM (2 children)

    by Thexalon (636) on Tuesday January 11, @07:13PM (#1211863)

    And the best part is that if we're keeping to schedule, that system should be in place this year!

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    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Tuesday January 11, @09:41PM (1 child)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 11, @09:41PM (#1211933) Journal

      Nothing ever stays on schedule.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @09:52PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @09:52PM (#1211937)

        The trains in Switzerland stay on schedule.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @09:57PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @09:57PM (#1211938)

    No. Scientific studies have shown meat is not required for a fulfilling human life. A diet of mealworms and insect protein is efficient, but if you add canola oil they thrive.

    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Wednesday January 12, @02:50PM

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday January 12, @02:50PM (#1212104) Journal

      Scientific studies have shown meat is not required for a fulfilling human life.

      Some women would agree that a vibrator is sufficient.

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  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Monday January 17, @10:01PM (3 children)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Monday January 17, @10:01PM (#1213480)

    Soylent for all is where the human race is heading, as long as we continue to value money over things of actual value.

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    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Tuesday January 18, @01:25AM (2 children)

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 18, @01:25AM (#1213510) Journal

      Soylent for all is where the human race is heading, as long as we continue to value money over things of actual value.

      But are we doing that? I don't get the impression that there's many people who value money over things of actual value?

      Are you doing that, Joe? Do you value money over things of actual value? I think the implication above is that no you don't. I doubt there's anyone on this forum that does - because even the slightest bit of real work would earn more money than yacking away here.

      My bet is that even those who obsessively pursue wealth usually value the things that they can get with money more than the money.

      • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Tuesday January 18, @02:50AM (1 child)

        by JoeMerchant (3937) on Tuesday January 18, @02:50AM (#1213521)

        You get impressions like Vishnu Basalt gets footprints.

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        • (Score: 1) by khallow on Tuesday January 18, @05:09AM

          by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 18, @05:09AM (#1213533) Journal
          I just need to be right. It's bizarre how so many people here make general claims that everyone wants or believes something, when it's clear that nobody here does. You are not unique [soylentnews.org].