Comments on: Farming battles and the future of food Wed, 16 Nov 2016 01:37:11 +0000 hourly 1 By: Anon Wed, 11 Nov 2009 02:20:35 +0000 It is an inevitability that the third world will starve. This is obvious, simply because of the growing overpopulation problem in these nations.

This will soon be combined with external events such as climate change and the falling of global fossil fuel reserves.

Eventually, the population issue will solve itself. Starvation and the spill on effects (war, disease, ect) will return human numbers to a managable number.

The rich nations will have more then enough, though some changes will need to be expected. More money will be spent on securing their own interests, and mitigating the effects of the inevitable problems which will be experienced in the third world.

Of course, at this point groups such Friends of the Earth will have less relevence. When practical reality knocks at the door, idealism jumps out the back window.

By: Anubis Tue, 10 Nov 2009 23:16:00 +0000 Kirtana, you are right! Industrial farming in the U.S. requires tremendous amounts of oil to manufacture fertilizer. When the world passes peak production of crude this practice of farming will be unsustainable. The concentrated livestock practices here in the States creates a huge animal waste problem affecting air and water quality as well as meat safety.

The logical solution is to go back to small farms that raise livestock. Pastures can be rotated with crops greatly reducing the need for industrial fertilizer and mitigating all other environmental concerns as well.