12 Oct '11, 7pm

Dot Earth Blog: A Path Toward Sustaining a 'Cultivated Planet': A fresh analysis of a path toward feeding some

Justin Gillis has posted a very helpful new piece on the Green blog that builds on efforts I’ve made here to get beyond the eternal food fight . Below you can read the key passage in which Gillis discusses “Solutions for a Cultivated Planet ,” a new Nature paper from Jonathan Foley of the University of Minnesota and many co-authors. The core themes in the paper are echoed in a TEDx talk Foley gave last year: Here’s the nut of Gillis’s post: The group finds, as others have before them, that the challenge of doubling global food production in coming decades can probably be met, albeit with considerable difficulty. The interesting thing to me about the analysis is that it doesn’t treat any of the problems confronting the food system as superior to the others — it treats the environmental problem, the supply problem and the equity problem as equally important, laying out a cas...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/12/a-path-towar...

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