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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 fustakrakich on Saturday January 15, @01:51AM (3 children)

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Saturday January 15, @01:51AM (#1212831) Journal

    Check out what all Obama did without declaring war.

    Obama/Bush/Reagan... Because congress allows it, but they don't have to. We have the tools to prevent all this, just takes the simple will to apply them

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  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Sunday January 16, @05:51PM (2 children)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Sunday January 16, @05:51PM (#1213172)

    Because congress allows it, but they don't have to.

    Um... the law as it was taught to me is that the President has authority to take military action, but not to declare war.

    Congress ultimately controls the budget, the only way for Congress to stop the President from taking unilateral "less than war" military actions is to defund the military, or rewrite the laws as they have been since Vietnam.

    Vietnam (I believe) was a result of Congress giving even MORE power to the President through the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, etc. which they finally took back after Nixon resigned.

    Of course, the system is "flexible" enough to reshape itself into anything on sustained support of a massive majority of the electorate - historically, we haven't shut down Presidential authority to take global military action - ever.

    Can you imagine requiring Congressional approval to launch ICBMs with nuclear warheads? So far, no superpower has implemented anything like that.

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    • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Sunday January 16, @06:15PM (1 child)

      by fustakrakich (6150) on Sunday January 16, @06:15PM (#1213181) Journal

      Can you imagine requiring Congressional approval to launch ICBMs with nuclear warheads?

      Well, I do know that we should never let just one person decide to launch. With sane people at the helm, the lead up to war is very slow, and even insane people can't hide much. Right now, we are way too permissive with that kind of authority

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      • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Sunday January 16, @10:41PM

        by JoeMerchant (3937) on Sunday January 16, @10:41PM (#1213267)

        Dr. Strangelove assured us that the chain of command could not be subverted like shown in the movie.

        There was a Russian field officer back in the 1980s (I think) who subverted chain of command and procedure to NOT launch when all his orders told him to do so.

        Neither of these situations address the "madman at the top" scenario. In 2020 the madman ordered an underling to go ride herd on a Carrier captain, and the underling did so - then resigned after he thought better of the situation (possibly after his PR team told him it would be to his advantage to do so), but in any event - the moment of sanity came far after the transit time of an ICBM,

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