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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

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  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Sunday January 16, @05:59PM (1 child)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Sunday January 16, @05:59PM (#1213176)

    the US wasn't doing a great job about taking care of the environment and now, we see it wasn't a good example.

    Depends on your definition of "great job" better than flaming rivers and 100% of lakes 100% dead from acid rain, yeah, we're beating that standard - now.

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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Sunday January 16, @06:39PM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday January 16, @06:39PM (#1213188) Journal
    Oh look, another example! I knew you had it in you. I'll finish with my reply to this post [soylentnews.org].