Stories
Slash Boxes
Comments

SoylentNews is people

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


Original Submission

 
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.
Display Options Threshold/Breakthrough Mark All as Read Mark All as Unread
The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.
  • (Score: 3, Touché) by srobert on Tuesday January 11, @05:31PM (2 children)

    by srobert (4803) on Tuesday January 11, @05:31PM (#1211823)

    "You should have supported overpopulation initiatives 50 years ago, and it's not like you weren't warned."

    No, but it is like I was 8 years old and had no control over anything.

    Starting Score:    1  point
    Moderation   +1  
       Touché=1, Total=1
    Extra 'Touché' Modifier   0  
    Karma-Bonus Modifier   +1  

    Total Score:   3  
  • (Score: 4, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @07:20PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @07:20PM (#1211865)

    No, but it is like I was 8 years old and had no control over anything.

    You had control over last 50 years to

    1. choose how many children you have
    2. elect officials that either empower women with birth control or treat them as incubators without choice -- this is actually quite literal choice in many nations

    • (Score: 1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @08:42PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @08:42PM (#1211911)

      Having children is neither oppression nor abnormal.
      It is a warped mind that thinks it is normal to not have children. Your kind are winning the Darwin Award. You will be replaced by the breeders.