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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @12:12PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @12:12PM (#1212079)

    Starvation is still a problem in the poorest parts of the world. There are three main ways this happens: Food is available but people can't afford it (parts of Mexico and Argentina), supply lines to a region have been cut off by civil war (Somalia) or government oppression (Ethiopia), or multinational agricorps bought up all of the farmland in the country to produce ethanol for gasoline (happened in Venezuela).

  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Tuesday January 18, @01:27AM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 18, @01:27AM (#1213512) Journal

    or multinational agricorps bought up all of the farmland in the country to produce ethanol for gasoline (happened in Venezuela).

    Is that supposed to be serious? Last I checked, multinational agricorps couldn't get the time of day in Venezuela, and yet there was still a lot of starvation.