Smarter Farming (and Eating) to Save the World

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(Photo: Chris Winsor/Getty Images) (Photo: Chris Winsor/Getty Images)

My latest for Takepart.com:

You probably don’t think agricultural intensification could ever be a good thing. And you certainly wouldn’t expect an argument for more of it in a column about wildlife. But here’s the deal: If we don’t figure out how to grow more food on less land, we’re going to have to plow under what little remains of the natural world and turn it into farmland.

And we have to figure it out fast, because there are going to be 10 billion people to feed by mid-century. The way we grow food now, that won’t leave enough room at all for creatures from ants to elephants—or for the plants with which they have coevolved over the history of the Earth.

The answer, according to a lot of agricultural experts, is sustainable intensification. Basically it means growing more food on less land, but…

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One comment on “Smarter Farming (and Eating) to Save the World

  1. Pingback: Smarter Farming (and Eating) to Save the World — “OUR WORLD” – ronaldwederfoort

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