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Can We Feed 9.6 Billion by 2050?   While the subject of today’s roast is not a news story, and is actually just a blog post on the website of a Ukrainian agricultural consultancy, it will serve as an excellent teaching aid – representative of our culture’s collective fear of saying, “we need to stop growing now and scale back the world population.” There have been many stories and commentaries this year about the population growth expected this century and the need to deliver a lot more food. The epidemic of tap-dancing around the real solution would exhaust Fred Astaire. When I saw this passage (words I think...
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Civilization to Hold Off on Having Any More Kids for A While It’s a real pleasure to honor satirical news site The Onion on our Wall of Fame. I’ve been waiting for these clever folks to do a send-up of two of our culture’s most ridiculous and easily lampooned fetishes – procreation and economic growth beyond reasonable limits. Recently The Onion came through in a big way: “Facing what it called 'a lot of uncertainty' on all six inhabited continents, the global civilization of the species Homo sapiens released a statement Monday announcing it would be ‘just sort of holding off on the idea of having any more kids for the time being." It’s...
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Global Crop Yields Fail to Keep Pace with Demand It wasn’t but last week that we featured a SciDev.Net article on our Wall of Fame.  However, this article in the same publication by Cecilia Rosen, really does miserably fail to see the big picture.  Certainly, with limited resources and arable land we are facing a global food and agricultural crisis, but what this article completely avoids is the root of the problem: an unsustainable level of population growth. “The world is not increasing yields of major crops quickly enough to meet future food demands from an expanding population.”  This thinking is completely backward.  It should read that the expanding population...
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