A pathogen responsible for a plant disease that has caused food shortages and major loss of life in the past, such as the Irish Potato Famine of 1845, still poses a significant threat to global food security.
A new study conflicts with predictions by the United Nations on how much land farmers will require to feed humanity in 2050. The starkly different visions of the future come down to a few key assumptions about supply and demand for food.
Lester Brown summarises the alarming trends in food production and demand that threaten modern civilisation, including threats to the world's major grain production zones and consequences for low income countries and people.
Arpita Bhattacharjya's insight:
The author points out that teh Mayans, Sumerians and other cultures declined as their food system failed and our fate too is inextricably linked with our food system.
A recent study by noted organic researcher Charles Benbrook of Washington State University published in Environmental Sciences Europe claimed that pesticide use in the US has increased substantially since the introduction of genetically modified...
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