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  •  Some thoughts ... (5+ / 0-)

    1.  Somewhat like efficiency, one of the most effective near-term steps would be to reduce food waste. In Africa / developing world, this is working to reduce the losses from the fields to the consumer.  In the wealthy / rich world, it is to reduce the wanton waste by the end users (how much food is thrown out at restaurants, school cafeterias, the average kitchen?).  We currently produce far more food than required to feed all humanity reasonably -- it is the challenge of being "efficient", a far less costly and damaging challenge than seeking more production.

    2.  The 'saving grace' might just be urban agriculture -- including vertical farms -- over the long term.

    3. There are lots of the 'quesy' things, like raising insects for protein. (Starting with pet food and fish farm food?)

    4. Of course, climate change will only make the food challenges even worse as population continues to grow.

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    by A Siegel on Mon Feb 14, 2011 at 07:38:52 PM PST

    •  one of the interesting things (3+ / 0-)

      is this problem they are having with lack of vets to care for the animals they have on these small scale farms and the resultant diseases.

      and producing food is the key here. as is life cycle assessment. All these models which call for the need for supporting small scale farmers don't take into account the fact that even when they do become sustainable, the fact that the so much of world's population is looking to them for meeting their food needs is unsustainable, given the costs associated with transporting goods, peak oil, energy costs, etc.

      Localizing food production, using some of the methods you mention above ... key... in one case in Africa, they are using mushrooms with coffee growers; teaching them to farm protein rich mushrooms which are highly acclamatable (don't know if this is a word) to the climate there and nutritious local food for the population.

      thanks for valuable comments.

      "The new weapon of choice is the broom." Kasr El Nile bridge. Cairo. 02/11/11

      by boatsie on Mon Feb 14, 2011 at 07:47:33 PM PST

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