11 May '11, 11pm

Factory farms the only way to ‘feed the world’? Not so, argues Science paper

Factory farms the only way to ‘feed the world’? Not so, argues Science paper

To "feed the world" by 2050, we'll need a massive, global ramp-up of industrial-scale, corporate-led agriculture. At least that's the conventional wisdom. Even progressive journalists trumpet the idea (see here , here , and here , plus my ripostes here and here ). At least one major strain of President Obama's (rather inconsistent ) agricultural policy is predicated on it. And surely most agricultural scientists and development specialists toe that line ... right? Well, not really. Back in 2009, Seed Magazine organized a forum predicated on the idea that a "scientific consensus," analogous to the one on climate change, had formed around the desirability of patent-protected genetically modified seeds. If I must say so, my own contribution to that discussion shredded that notion. If anything, a pro-GMO consensus has formed among a narrow group of microbiologists -- the peopl...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/sustainable-farming/2011-05-11-facto...

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climateprogress.org 11 May '11, 3pm

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planetgreen.discovery.com 11 May '11, 1am

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environmentalgraffiti.com 10 May '11, 11pm

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ecouterre.com 11 May '11, 12pm

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I’ve seen the future and I can’t afford it: Marketplace’s botched ‘feed the world’ story via @grist

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grist.org 06 May '11, 6pm

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