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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: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11 2022, @10:04PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11 2022, @10:04PM (#1211941)

    You just have to say Africa, adding black makes you look racist and given the topic doubly so. You can rage about the standards of polite society or be flexible and adapt to changing standards. If you refuse to change then don't whine when people say you sound racist.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12 2022, @05:15PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12 2022, @05:15PM (#1212163)

    N. African groups are not predominately black. MENA is a real, separate demographic.

    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Monday January 17 2022, @06:28AM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Monday January 17 2022, @06:28AM (#1213343) Journal
      North African groups are another high population growth rate population.