Category: Food Shortages

Sustainable Agriculture and the Green Energy Economy

I have recently been focusing on the work and contributions of Dr. Mae Wan Ho and the Institute of Science in Society, UK . Here is a paper she presented at Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland 24-25 March 2010 entitled "Sustainable Agriculture and the Green Economy" (PDF). The importance of agriculture within the context of the establishment of a viable green economy is surprisingly overlooked still – even with […]

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A Delicate Balance (Documentary)

I found this film very interesting and well researched, and would highly recommend it to counter much of the nutrition disinformation out there and get the full picture. Three years in the making, A Delicate Balance is a succinct production featuring candid, heartfelt interviews with some of the world’s leading experts. It gives you answers to the questions you never thought to ask, and sets you on the path to […]

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Mae-Wan Ho: Big Picture Interview and Closed Loop Agriculture

Mae-Wan Ho, geneticist and biophysicist and author of more than a dozen books, including the ground-breaking Genetic Engineering: Dream or Nightmare?, talks about the big picture elements of reductionist science and mechanistic and competitive approaches that have given birth to genetic engineering and have shaped the world we know; bringing us into conflict with ecosystems and robbing society of the potential found in their alternatives — systems-based thinking and cooperation […]

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Looking for a Better Food Future for Our Kids

11-year-old Birke Baehr talks about his disgust with our present industrial food system. As they say, out of the mouths of babes…. And talking about children, Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative looks interesting. She’s working with faith-based and other community organisations to eliminate childhood obesity, food deserts and our junk food culture within a decade. The latest aspect of the campaign is of particular interest — including a determination to, […]

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Future at Risk on a Hotter Planet

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute We are entering a new era, one of rapid and often unpredictable climate change. In fact, the new climate norm is change. The 25 warmest years on record have come since 1980. And the 10 warmest years since global recordkeeping began in 1880 have come since 1998. The effects of rising temperature are pervasive. Higher temperatures diminish crop yields, melt the mountain glaciers […]

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Guardians of the Seed

This is a trailer for a much longer film on the same topic that Seed Savers produced over three years, the one-hour documentary , “Our Seeds”, available here Our food plants originate in areas of the world where the poorest people now live. They domesticated wild plants over the last 10,000 years. Let’s honour, assist and join those who continue to develop and maintain the genetic diversity of tomorrow’s food.

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Be Happy, or Else…

Click for larger view Courtesy: Marc Roberts If they said what they meant…. Further Reading: The Peasants are Revolting

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Global Crisis Explained

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World Without Water

As the 21st Century begins as the Age of Drought, we look at three places–Florida, China, and Nevada–where dryness has gone big. In Florida, the world’s most famous swamp, the Everglades, has been turning into a salt flat. In China, vast problems with water pollution have been compounded in some areas by problems of having no water. And Nevada’s Lake Mead, once the largest reservoir in the world, now is […]

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Improving Food Security by Strategically Reducing Grain Demand

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 by only 1.3 percent annually. Despite some impressive local advances, the global loss of momentum […]

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Peak Oil – “The Debate is Over”

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 recently of the leaked German Military Peak Oil study (German PDF here, key points summarised […]

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Burning Bridges

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.

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