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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) by khallow on Tuesday January 18, @01:25AM (2 children)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 18, @01:25AM (#1213510) Journal

    Soylent for all is where the human race is heading, as long as we continue to value money over things of actual value.

    But are we doing that? I don't get the impression that there's many people who value money over things of actual value?

    Are you doing that, Joe? Do you value money over things of actual value? I think the implication above is that no you don't. I doubt there's anyone on this forum that does - because even the slightest bit of real work would earn more money than yacking away here.

    My bet is that even those who obsessively pursue wealth usually value the things that they can get with money more than the money.

  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Tuesday January 18, @02:50AM (1 child)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Tuesday January 18, @02:50AM (#1213521)

    You get impressions like Vishnu Basalt gets footprints.

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    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Tuesday January 18, @05:09AM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 18, @05:09AM (#1213533) Journal
      I just need to be right. It's bizarre how so many people here make general claims that everyone wants or believes something, when it's clear that nobody here does. You are not unique [soylentnews.org].