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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: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @03:44AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @03:44AM (#1212017)

    Vegetarianism is less energy efficient than being an omnivore. All those vegetables are heavy and not that much easier to ship than meat products. 10 or 15% of your calories coming from meat is both healthy and the environmental responsible thing to do.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @03:39PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @03:39PM (#1212130)

    Why is this marked troll? It's factually accurate. We already have a situation where there just isn't enough suitable land to plant enough suitable plants to feed the human population a protein-free diet in a sustainable fashion. I mean, sure, if we fossil fuel it up we can (just about) scrape by with enough, by flattening every rainforest in sight, but sustainably? Forget it.