08 Jun '11, 4pm

Answering Questions About the World's Food Supply

It’s easy to see why politicians stay away from this topic. If they proposed policies that might actually reduce demand, such as high taxes on meat, they would probably get run out of town with pitchforks. Assuming the trend lines do not change, rising consumption of meat represents a demand on the food system that is going to have to be met, at least in the coming few decades. One can raise interesting speculations about the distant future; it really is hard to envision a planet of 10 billion people in the year 2100 eating the way that Americans eat today. I don’t really have a clue what happens between now and then; but take a look at Michael Specter’s recent New Yorker piece suggesting that we could wind up growing our meat in test tubes. In the meantime, if anybody has ideas for a public policy that can actually pass and would drastically curtail meat-eating, the floor...

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