FEEDING THE WORLD: IDENTIFYING THE REAL CHALLENGES
Since world crop prices spiked in 2007-8, sparking food riots in many parts of the world, we have seen a new wave of warnings that growing populations in developing countries will outstrip the resources available to feed them. The harsh realities of climate change feed the panic. Policy-makers, echoing agribusiness firms, call for the rapid deployment of industrial agricultural technologies throughout the world to avert the coming food crisis. As Timothy A. Wise argues in his book, Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food, such warnings are feeding illusions about global hunger and its solutions. It remains true that we grow more than enough food now to feed everyone, that industrial agriculture worsens climate change while undermining current food producers, and that the solutions to hunger and climate change lie in supporting those farmers to develop climate-resilient sustainable farms that grow a diversity of crops as they rebuild their depleted soils.
The world grows more than enough food to feed everyone, even with a growing population, but only if we address climate change, reduce biofuel use, and turn away from industrial-scale agriculture.
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