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The world is closer to a food crisis than most people realise

The world is closer to a food crisis than most people realise | The Future of Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it
Lester R.Brown: Unless we move quickly to adopt new population, energy, and water policies, the goal of eradicating hunger will remain just that...

 

Another warning but no one is listening until it is too late and then we will get the "free" rock concerts again.

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Eli Levine's curator insight, March 11, 1:29 PM

This should be truly terrifying to thsoe who hold political and social power at our present juncture.

 

Yet what are they doing to mitigate the problems of these impending crises, other than to prepare civilization for marshal law?  How are they actually helping others (and themselves) through the constant resorting to the jack-boot?

 

Not very enlightened.

 

Not every inspired.


Not very original.

 

Think abouti it.

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Council looks to bury real greening in reformed CAP

Council looks to bury real greening in reformed CAP | The Future of Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it

"The Agriculture and Fisheries Council discussion this morning was the death knell for many of the greening measures contained in the original Commission proposal for the Common Agricultural Policy reform."   (Source: WWF EU)

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Do the proposals for the CAP after 2013 herald a 'major' reform?

Do the proposals for the CAP after 2013 herald a 'major' reform? | The Future of Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it

New interesting policy paper on the European Union's latest reform of its common farm policy written by think tank Notre Europe.

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Food Waste Denounced by Ministers as Almost 1 Billion People Go Hungry

Food Waste Denounced by Ministers as Almost 1 Billion People Go Hungry | The Future of Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it
Food waste was denounced by farm ministers and policy makers gathered in Berlin as almost 1 billion people in developing countries go hungry.
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Agriculture and Climate Change, Revisited

Agriculture and Climate Change, Revisited | The Future of Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it
Chagrined by the failure of delegates to embrace agriculture as a formal priority in climate change talks in Durban, a group of experts calls for more research and advocacy on the world's food system.

 

Excellent piece on the NY Times Green blog on why agriculture should get more attention in the climate change debate.

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Soaring Oil and Food Prices Threaten Affordable Food Supply

"The current global food system is highly fuel- and transport-dependent. Fuels will almost certainly become less affordable in the near and medium term, making the current, highly fuel-dependent agricultural production system less secure and food less affordable. It is therefore necessary to promote food self-sufficiency and reduce the need for fuel inputs to the food system at all levels."

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Defra calls for feedback on CAP proposals - MeatInfo

Defra calls for feedback on CAP proposals - MeatInfo | The Future of Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it
Defra has called on the farming and agri-food industry in England to present its views on the proposed EU reform to the Common Agricultural Policy (C... Visit www.meatinfo.co.uk today for more information!
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A Recipe for Carbon Farming - IPS ipsnews.net

A Recipe for Carbon Farming - IPS ipsnews.net | The Future of Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it

"Civil society has warned of the danger of turning Africa's food-producing lands into "carbon farms" so that rich countries can avoid making cuts in their carbon emissions."

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George Monbiot on the EU's farming policy reform: Big Farmer

George Monbiot on the EU's farming policy reform: Big Farmer | The Future of Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it

"The poorest taxpayers are subsidising the richest people in Europe: and this spending will remain uncut until at least 2020."

 

George Monbiot's radical attack on the EU's proposals for reform of its Common Agricultural Policy. I only agree partially with George's critique. While financial help should be seriously capped, if not abolished, for these "big farmers", the EU needs a common farming and environment policy. In an age of increasing resource constraints and globalisation in reverse, we will need more farmers in the future, not less.

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New projection shows global food demand doubling by 2050

New projection shows global food demand doubling by 2050 | The Future of Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it

"Producing that amount of food could significantly increase levels of carbon dioxide and nitrogen in the environment and cause the extinction of numerous species. But this can be avoided, the paper shows, if the high-yielding technologies of rich nations are adapted to work in poor nations, and if all nations use nitrogen fertilizers more efficiently."

 

An ecological plea for more intensive farming?

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New Report: Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change

New Report: Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change | The Future of Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it

Interesting new report from the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change with recommendations for policymakers.

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Crop scientists now fret about heat not just water

Crop scientists now fret about heat not just water | The Future of Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Crop scientists in the United States, the world's largest food exporter, are pondering an odd question: could the danger of global warming really be the heat?
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How to feed 7 billion of us without ruining the planet

How to feed 7 billion of us without ruining the planet | The Future of Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it
A new study says feeding all 7 billion of us is possible with the resources at hand -- we'll just have to rethink how and where we're farming.

 

Excellent article from The Grist summarising a new Nature study on how are current industrialised farming system is failing the feed the world and what can be done about it.

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Record cereal prices stoke fears of global food crisis

Record cereal prices stoke fears of global food crisis | The Future of Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it
Severe drought in US - largest exporter of corn, soya beans and wheat - pushes up prices and revives memories of 2007-08 riots...

 

This recurrence of the global food crisis caused either by rising commodity prices or extreme weather events related to climate change is a strong indicator of the validity of John Michael Greer's theory of the catabolic collapse of civilisations.

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New science reveals agriculture’s true climate impact

New science reveals agriculture’s true climate impact | The Future of Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it

"Scientists can finally prove that overuse of fertilizer in industrial farming is a major cause of climate change. Whether or not this will make it easier to hold Big Ag accountable is yet to be seen"

 

Excellent article in Grist on the need to cut nitrous oxide emissions.

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Peak Meat: U.S. Meat Consumption Falling

Peak Meat: U.S. Meat Consumption Falling | The Future of Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it

"U.S. meat consumption has peaked. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that meat eating across the country fell from the 2004 high point of 184 pounds (83 kilograms) per person to 171 pounds in 2011. Early estimates for 2012 project a further reduction in American meat eating to 166 pounds, making for a 10 percent drop over the eight-year period. For a society that lives high on the food chain, this new trend could signal the end of meat’s mealtime dominance." (Source: Earth Policy Institute)

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How to Make the Food System More Energy Efficient

Changes in agriculture, policy and personal behaviors can reduce the energy a nation uses to feed itself and the greenhouse gases it emits...

 

Great recent article from Scientific American.

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Why Agriculture Needs to Catch Up on Climate Change Action

Why Agriculture Needs to Catch Up on Climate Change Action | The Future of Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it
Agriculture is one of the first sectors that will be seriously affected by climate change, yet the sector is far behind in quantifying and reducing its carbon footprint.

 

Good article from GreenBiz.com.

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The bugs that ate Monsanto

The bugs that ate Monsanto | The Future of Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it
First Roundup-resistant superweeds, and now corn rootworms, a common pest, have grown resistant to Monsanto's Bt corn. The result is bad for more than just the company's stock prices.
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Can Ocean Farms Actually Be More Sustainable Than Even the Most Environmentally Sensitive Traditional Farms?

Can Ocean Farms Actually Be More Sustainable Than Even the Most Environmentally Sensitive Traditional Farms? | The Future of Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it
We know that big aquaculture operations can be a disaster, but small seaweed and shellfish operations offer a greener and cleaner solution.

 

Interesting article from Alternet on sustainable forms of ocean farming.

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FAO report: "Energy-smart" agriculture needed to escape fossil fuel trap

FAO report:  "Energy-smart" agriculture needed to escape fossil fuel trap | The Future of Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it

High and fluctuating prices of fossil fuels and doubts regarding their future availability mean that agri-food systems need to shift to an "energy-smart" model, according to the report Energy-Smart Food for People and Climate.

 

Mandatory reading for all policymakers involved in the debate on the European Common Agricultural Policy reform.

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Oxfam report: Extreme weather endangers food security worldwide

Oxfam report: Extreme weather endangers food security worldwide | The Future of Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it

"In the last year extreme weather events shocked global markets contributing to soaring wheat prices and imperiling food security in many parts of the world, according to research compiled by Oxfam at the start of the Durban climate talks."

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Italy against EU green farm plans

Italy against EU green farm plans | The Future of Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's new government will join France and Germany in opposing new environmental regulations being proposed as part of an overhaul of European Union farm laws, Agriculture Minister Mario Catania said on Monday.

 

Italy's technocrat government show its first anti-green colours. Just what we need now - more failed neo-liberal policies.

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EU agricultural policy: Responding to the crisis?

EU agricultural policy: Responding to the crisis? | The Future of Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it

From VoxEU: "As Europe battles a life-threatening crisis, the European Commission has found time to discuss the much-maligned Common Agricultural Policy. This column, by the former OECD Director for Trade and Agriculture, argues that far from seizing the opportunity to use CAP to benefit fiscal discipline, policymakers are maintaining an outdated and inefficient system for the financial benefit of farmers."


Another very critical assessment of the EU's new CAP reform proposals. Interesting but misses the CAP weaknesses in terms of responding to the "perfect storm" of climate change, water and energy scarcity, peak phosporus and other sustainability challenges.


More on this can be found on my other blog http://3eintelligence.wordpress.com

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Consumers losing faith in Big Food

Consumers losing faith in Big Food | The Future of Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it

"A study commissioned by Big Ag concludes that Americans are losing confidence in the industrial food system -- which means the good food movement might just be winning the battle for consumers' hearts and minds."

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