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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?

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  • (Score: 2) by Thexalon on Tuesday January 11, @08:12PM (2 children)

    by Thexalon (636) on Tuesday January 11, @08:12PM (#1211888)

    Yes it is. And we can make even more "free" energy.

    Oh really? How's that perpetual motion machine working for you?

    If you're talking about windmills, solar collection, or nuclear power plants, all of those involve mining materials, refining, manufacturing, several steps of transportation, assembly and installation, and of course ongoing maintenance. Ergo, they aren't "free".

    Alcohol makes the world go round ... and round and round.
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @08:18PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @08:18PM (#1211893)

    I think thst is what the quotes were for, aside from Runaway1956 and some other anti-science bums you can safely assume everyone understands TANSTAAFL. Well, not on the universe scale anyway, but one day maybe we can park a solar array to convert energy to matter and get plenty of free-to-us stuff.

  • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Tuesday January 11, @08:29PM

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Tuesday January 11, @08:29PM (#1211901) Journal

    Well gee, nothing is free but the time given us, meter's running... Consider motivation if nothing else. We are just supposed to do it in the least offensive way, nukes will cover a lot of territory in that department. You build out wind and solar for local needs. Mining can be done with tunnel boring machines, we can do it "arthroscopically", lay some rail in the empty tunnel for cargo transport, or pipe water from east to west through it.

    I can assure you politics is the only obstacle

    Ok, we paid the ransom. Do I get my dog back? REDЯUM