Feeding Eight Billion Well. Josh Linhart , Danny Ortolano , & Jared Mazurek. Major Topics. Raising Land Productivity Raising Water Productivity Producing Protein More Efficiently The Localization of Agriculture Strategic Reductions in Demand Action on Many Fronts.
Josh Linhart, Danny Ortolano,
& Jared Mazurek
Raising Land Productivity
Raising Water Productivity
Producing Protein More Efficiently
The Localization of Agriculture
Strategic Reductions in Demand
Action on Many Fronts
Meat consumption rising
Cattle convert grain into protein inefficiently
Poultry and fish are more efficient
Pork production and aquaculture growing
Combining soybean meal with grain
Creating markets for small farmers (e.g. dairy co-ops in India)
Use of crop residues (ex. China)
Locally grown food (locavore), seasonal diets
Number of farms growing, more small farms
Farmers markets, urban gardening, school gardening (California)
Organic farms increased
Community gardens on the rise (gov’t support)
Foods that travel lose flavor and nutrition (1500 miles)
Small farmers can recycle nutrients better than massive feeding operations
It depends on the quality of life everyone wants to live. If people consumed 800 kilo grams of grain per year, like Americans, the carrying capacity would be only 2.5 billion.
Out of this 800kg, 100kg of it is consumed as the grain in it’s primary form. The bulk of it is consumed in the form of livestock.
Stabilize the population to no more than8 million by 2040.
Should give more priority to securing and maintaining food supplies.
Cut Carbon Emissions.
Invest in undeveloped countries food production.
Do you agree with Lester Brown’s ideas about decreasing global food demand rather than increasing global food supply? Why or why not?
Why might higher incomes be associated with an increased consumption of meat?
Do you support or oppose the practice of land acquisitions? Why or why not?
Why do you suppose so many countries have neglected to meet their production potential?