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Food Supply. Health. Economic Security. Malnutrition. Obesity. Local Agriculture. Sustainability.
What’s in common to link all these words? Sustainable Agriculture.
His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales addressed participants last week at a Sustainable Food Conference hosted by Georgetown University in Washington DC, where he said, “Creating sustainable food systems will become paramount in the future.”
Venturing into sustainable agriculture and fearing for a food-insecurity, the Prince, with a leading voice sketched out that the rate of food production is now less than the rate of population growth. Add in threats to food crop yields, now declining with climate change, and the cost of food production as being so reliant on the rising cost of oil for transport and production, well, it all sums to an expensive forecast. He identified additional facts and pressures that you may like to know:
Global population is heading toward 9 billion people — creating greater demands for food
On average in the developed world, people throw away 40% of the food purchased
Soil is the primary source of health for all plants and people — and soil erosion in the United States is washed away 10 times faster than the Earth can replenish it
23 thousand square miles of arable land is turning into desert yearly
2 billion acres (1/4 of the world’s farm land) is degraded
One-fifth of all U.S. grain production is dependent on water with 1.3 trillion gallons used faster than rainfall can replenish it
By 2030 it is estimated the world’s farmers will need 35% more water than today
Of all the water in the world, 5% is fresh and excluding the most voluminous fresh water lake in the world, Lake Baikal in Siberia, the fresh water sources remaining are three-quarters used in agriculture
The impact of sizeable pressures and forecasts such as these mean more people could go hungry.
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The UK's Royal Society is launching a major study into human population growth and how it may affect social and economic development in coming decades.
The study will led by Nobel laureate Sir John Sulston of Human Genome Project fame.
The society acknowledges it is delving into a hugely controversial area, but says a comprehensive and scientific review of the evidence is needed.
The world's population has risen from two billion in 1930 to 6.8 billion now, with nine billion projected by 2050.
"It is likely to have a greater impact on the future of humanity than some of the other issues we talk a lot about."-Jonathon Porritt, Forum for the Future
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science_and_environment/10578484.stmThe UK's Royal Society is launching a major study into human population growth... more
With a packed house, and time for only one more question, author Jeffrey Smith stepped to the mic and received the loudest applause of the morning with this question on genetically modified (GM) foods.With a packed house, and time for only one more question, author Jeffrey Smith stepped... more
In 2006 history was made by the Polywell Fusion Device. This device for a small amount of time in human terms, but for an extremely large amount of time in the terms of atoms, produced more energy as output than energy required as input to run the device.
The program was suspended due to lack of funding by our Government. The program was resurected in the past months or so.
This is important information that the public should be made aware of, hopefully making it somewhat politically incorrect for our Government to ignore this historical and life changing finding.
If you visit the web site www.emc2Fusion.org, you will get a good understanding of the impact this device will have on humanity and our wonderful planet. You can then research man other things on the internet proving we must fund this project without question.
I feel if we make this as public as possible it will become a reality.
Doug WIn 2006 history was made by the Polywell Fusion Device. This device for a small amount... more
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What does population have to do with the environment?
Three billion people - nearly half of the world's
population - are under the age of 25. In the next few years, those young people will
make choices about sexuality and childbearing that will have a huge impact on their
lives, their families and their communities. Collectively, their choices will help
determine whether there are eight or nearly 12 billion of us by the middle of the
But too many of those young people have limited sexual and reproductive health
choices. In South Asia, nearly half of young women are married before the age of 18.
"Choice" about childbearing is meaningless to a 14 year-old girl who's married
against her will. And, according to a 2003 study by UNPFA and the Guttmacher
Institute, there are over 200 million women who would like to limit or space their
childbearing but lack access to reproductive health services and information.
Meanwhile, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned us that we
have until 2015 - seven years - to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions, or face
widespread ecological and humanitarian disaster.
These two issues are connected. The number of people on the planet, and our systems
of production and consumption, together determine our
impact on the environment. Stabilizing world population at nine rather than 12
billion would give us a fighting chance to avoid catastrophic climate change and
other environmental crises.
Yet, despite the connections between population and the environment,
there is still little conversation and coordination between the traditional
environmental movement and those working on population and reproductive health.
http://www.unfoundation.org/programs/women_pop/laurie_mazur_interview.aspWhat does population have to do with the environment?
Three billion people -... more
Growing populations in India and China consuming more meat from animals that are grain fed, and using more to make biofuels. Two reasons why the cost of food will continue to rise this year. Tell me where the moral epiphany has happened? We simply cannot continue the population increases we are seeing while destroying rainforest for beef and using corn to run our cars. What will it take to see this? Growing populations in India and China consuming more meat from animals that are grain... more