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posted by martyb on Tuesday January 11 2022, @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

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by JoeMerchant on Tuesday January 11 2022, @08:17PM (2 children)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Tuesday January 11 2022, @08:17PM (#1211892)

    We didn't lose the knowledge of how to grow vegetables or keep livestock on our own land, we lost the will to do it.

    Growing crops (effectively) and even maintaining chickens is work. Chickens don't take vacations, neither do pests on crops - people might like to dabble at growing food, but the commitment required to do it well is beyond what most modern lifestyles can accommodate.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11 2022, @09:48PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11 2022, @09:48PM (#1211935)

    Honestly, I find even a dog to be too much work.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12 2022, @03:44PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12 2022, @03:44PM (#1212134)

    i like the part where "green" city dwellers encountering a lost python drive it to the burbs and dump it next to my chicken coup... "no chicken for you next month, greeny. your python got your share.""