Thursday, July 10, 2014

How to feed our planet without devastating the environment | Devex

How to feed our planet without devastating the environment | Devex: "Picture a farmer who tends the land just as his father did, by slashing and burning, clearing the way for the same crops he ate when he was a child to feed his own children. Now imagine an expert in sustainable agriculture entering the community, telling him he should do things differently because, well, it would be better for the environment.

The international community has a major challenge on its hands when it comes to figuring out how to provide 70 percent more food to feed 9 billion people by the year 2050 while still protecting the planet. Rising temperatures are placing new strains on farmers at the same time that a growing population is placing new strains on the land, with climate change leading to food insecurity and environmental damage that will be difficult to reverse.

Solutions at the nexus of food security and the environment are necessary both to feed the hungry and save the earth. Here are some insights to drive the process."

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