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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 Wednesday January 12, @04:47PM (2 children)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday January 12, @04:47PM (#1212158) Journal

    One of the major effects of climate change has been fouling up the fresh-water cycle in major ways in a lot of places.

    Show it, don't just feel it. My take is that virtually all of that can be explained in other ways such as observation/confirmation bias and poor water management.

  • (Score: 2) by Thexalon on Wednesday January 12, @05:48PM (1 child)

    by Thexalon (636) on Wednesday January 12, @05:48PM (#1212174)

    No matter the specific cause of the problems, the belief that fresh water isn't a valuable and important resource to be managed somehow is very flawed.

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    Alcohol makes the world go round ... and round and round.
    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Wednesday January 12, @06:06PM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday January 12, @06:06PM (#1212177) Journal
      fusty is post-scarcity ideology. I guess if we got rid of the banks, then everything would be too cheap to meter.