28 Feb '12, 1am

How to feed 7 billion of us without ruining the planet

How to feed 7 billion of us without ruining the planet

It turns out converted rainforest land is neither particularly productive as farmland nor climate smart, since creating it releases huge amounts of carbon sequestered in trees. Photo: Lawrence Baulc Now that we’re surrounded by 7 billion of our closest friends , it’s probably a good time to talk about how we’re going to feed them. The government, along with corporations like Monsanto, Syngenta, Dupont, and others who are part of our current industrial agriculture system, will tell you that feeding the world is all about more. More yield from crops, more chemicals, more fertilizer, more genetically engineered seeds. More, more, more! Of course, it’s easy to say that when you’re willing, as they are, to ignore the health effects, climate and environmental impacts, resource constraints, and every other real world consequence of large-scale industrial agriculture. Our ability ...

Full article: http://grist.org/food/2011-10-31-seven-billion-mouths-to-...

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