Feeding the world, let alone feeding the world well, may be impossible.
I read an interesting article this week from the New York times concerning food prices and food security.
The subject of this article provides an interesting example of the relationship and problems between environmental (water and climate), societal (hunger and poverty) and economic facets of one issue.
I like their mention of the disconnect between people and the problem – something I think is a key barrier to be breached to solve many food/environment related issues.
I dislike their use of the word believe – scientists don’t (or at least shouldn’t) believe anything. Maybe I’m nit picking.
On the subject of the article, technology clearly has a role to play but I also can’t help think about the wider issues which aren’t addressed by this. Should we be looking at more subsistence based permaculture for poor communities? Should we be educating about the impacts of population growth on these issues? What about the efficiency of animal based agriculture vs crop based – is it right that we have to pitch to people to eat meat 1 day less a week when we can’t apparently grow enough basic feed crops for human let alone animal mouths?