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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 khallow on Tuesday January 11, @06:10PM (3 children)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 11, @06:10PM (#1211839) Journal

    How did we lose that knowledge in one generation?

    Zoning regulations.

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Thexalon on Tuesday January 11, @07:22PM (2 children)

    by Thexalon (636) on Tuesday January 11, @07:22PM (#1211866)

    Also give some blame to homeowner's associations, who frequently demand that the homeowners in their neighborhoods keep their property as boring as possible. It's extreme enough that some of them prescribe precisely what species of grass are allowed, which other plants are allowed, and what color mulch to use. People have been fined, lost their homes, or even gone to jail for failing to follow the dictates of HOAs as defined usually by the neighborhood self-appointed busybodies.

    For example, anything like this [pinterest.com] or this [joegardener.com] would be treated as borderline criminal, even though both of them are in my opinion at least as pretty as grass monoculture lawns.

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    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Tuesday January 11, @08:29PM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 11, @08:29PM (#1211902) Journal
      The lawlessness is obvious in those photos. I shudder to think how many unauthorized sheds those people have.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @03:40PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @03:40PM (#1212132)

      the pinterest photo is really bad. how many tree-years of wood was sacrificed to make a pretty "bucket" to grow ... salat? sheesh.