21 Oct '11, 9am

How to Feed Nine Billion People and the Planet Too

As to the question of farming in the rainforest, he said, “We found that agriculture in tropical areas yields limited food calories — most of it is going to crops like sugarcane, palm oil, and soybeans for animal feed or biofuel. Ceasing agricultural expansion into the tropics would have an impact on global food crops, but it would be small and we could offset those losses elsewhere. It’s about the trade-offs. We lose rainforests, with huge impacts to climate change, but we don’t feed many people. Instead, we’re better off improving production in places where we currently farm than clearing more rainforests.”

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/10/feed-nine-billion-peo...

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