After several decades of rapid rise in world grain yields, it is now becoming more difficult to raise land productivity fast enough to keep up with the demands of a growing, increasingly affluent, population. From 1950 to 1990, world grainland productivity increased by 2.2 percent per year, but from 1990 until 2009 it went up… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Food Shortages
It’s been a long time coming, but the uber-significant Peak Oil issue has finally started to infiltrate the corridors of power. What they’ll do with this information remains to be seen…. There is no reason for optimism. — Dr. James Schlesinger (former Secretary of Defence and the U.S.’s first Secretary of Energy) I made mention… Read more »
Click for full view Courtesy: Marc Roberts This could be the new paradigm for gated industrial communities – imagine the hungry clamouring at the fences. Lots of uncertainty here, considering the problems of food supply for a growing population. Meanwhile…the military pitch in, as do scientists, to tell a more convincing tale.
Nomadic herdsmen in Kenya and Ethiopia struggle, and fight, over water resources as the climate changes and the land dries out. Meanwhile, making a bad situation a lot worse, Ethiopia is building what will be the largest hydro-electric dam in Africa, the Gibe III, which will seriously exacerbate problems for these same subsistence tribes. "Gibe… Read more »
A Viable Food Future Download here What kind of food production can: drastically reduce poverty reduce climate change and cool the planet restore biodiversity, soil fertility and water resources improve livelihoods and provide employment for billions of people produce enough, good, and nutritious food for 9 billion people or more? From the report: Regulation and… Read more »
Further Reading: Heading to Haiti with a Permaculture Vision, and a Plan
Due to the work of a Canadian based Farm Radio International, who’ve partnered with more than 300 radio stations in more than 39 countries, farmers in Africa are tuning in for best-practise tips in agricultural systems and health and are being encouraged to revisit their traditional techniques and to increase their self-reliance. Broadcasts cover "Nutrition… Read more »
The global demand for milk increases by 15 million tons a year. This could provide three million new jobs in primary production each year, if these jobs are given to small scale milk farmers, writes the FAO, the UN organization for food and agriculture at their blog. Making small scale producers competitive might be a… Read more »
Copyright 2010 by Ernest Partridge. Published here with permission of the author. Men at some time are masters of their fates. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves that we are underlings. – William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar I Place a few fruit flies in a bottle with a layer of… Read more »
Click for full view Courtesy: Marc Roberts All sorts of military types prepare themselves for the new realities of peak oil and climate change. They don’t do this shit for nothin’.
Monsanto is starting an advocacy campaign in Australia, calling for greater acceptance of their GMO wares. Aside from all the environmental and personal health issues involved with GMOs, Monsanto is also conveniently ignoring that mother of all wake up calls, peak oil. Without cheap energy, their large scale globalised monocrop systems will collapse. Click for… Read more »
With words taken from a Democracy Now Interview with John Perkins, a self-styled ‘Economic Hitman’, the studioJOHO crew have made a very cool animation to showcase the fantastic services we the wealthy offer two-thirds world countries. Watching this led me to check out other work from these video magicians – excellent stuff to watch and… Read more »