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http://fortune.com/2014/12/21/why-the-n ... over-food/

The world has a massive food crisis on its hands. The crisis is so big that organizations like theWorld Bank and the United Nations say there won’t be enough food to feed the global population when it jumps from the current seven billion people to nine billion by 2050.

Some research even suggests a food scarcity crunch as early as 2030 – just 15 years from now.

The reasons? Severe weather events like droughts and floods, economic hardships, and political unrest in underdeveloped countries, as well as agribusiness expansion.

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Even with the population stable, there won't be enough food as aquifers deplete and irrigation stops, as soils turn to sterile sand, floods, early and late frosts, high winds, and disrupted distribution, along with more expensive factory farming.
The actual peak food was in the 1990s to 2000s, a very rounded 'peak'. By mid century the food output will be about half of that for 6 billion people, or well under the sedentary starvation level with even distribution. Sure, people will fight for food and water, turn cannibal and even drink their own urine.
Wars increase, along with malnutrition and low immunity with diseases more fatal. The increasing heat itself will cause more hostility along with more crowding.
The death rate increases to greater than the birth rate, with a very steep population decline.
Starting before 2030 and finishing just after mid century, followed by thermal max effects.
Unless a 'natural' disaster precipitates an earlier crash. Perhaps early enough to bring down emissions 90%+ in the next decade.
I think Cascadia or the La Palma slide could easily ruin the USA and cause world depression and mass starvation. If Katla causes a volcanic winter, the same.
After 2030 will be too late for anything but a Yellowstone eruption to change it from the thermal max trajectory, and after around 2100, it will be too late for even that to stop GTE.
Ruin of the biosphere could also happen with a nuclear war well over nuclear winter size.
Major bad things will happen in the lives of those living in 15 years. The party will be over. :-k :shock: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: =; :mrgreen:

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I imagine if you have enough water and energy you can batch together something that will pass as food and even get it distributed. Potable water appears to be key. The thing about the rich countries taking food from the poor is the food ties up most of the useable water supply. In the long run trading most of your food for railroads and electrical grids does not appear to be a very good bargain or for that matter giving up biodiversity to grow coffee for foreign cash.


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These wild ass predictions never come to pass. Ever. Yet, people just jump on them hook, line, and sinker every time one is barfed up by some crackpot. I stopped reading here:

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To address food security, we need a shift in the way we address poverty and inequality in the world,” Stephen Scanlan, a professor of sociology at Ohio University. “There should be a reframing of food as a fundamental human right in a way that governments actually stand by.


More fabricated crisis in the name of redistribution and the grabbing of power. Same old leftist tactics. But, it got the old usual suspects here all worked up. :mrgreen:

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You want to fix this problem export capitalism around the world.

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We did this with high tech, high yield agriculture. In 1800 it took 74 percent of the population to grow the food. Today, with many more mouths to feed, it takes just 2.7 percent of the population to grow the food. Before high yield techniques 50 percent of the world population has faced the possibility of hunger. Today that number is down to 5 percent. To do this we vastly improved many varieties of food plants. This was done to a certain extent by farms taking seeds from their best plants. This led to many improvement and a hybrid corn variety. Then we began to understand plant genetics. This led to a new genetically engineered strain of wheat and rice with built in disease resistance that won a Nobel Peace Prize for Dr. Norman Borlaug. The new wheat and rice thrives in the Third World. Africa for the first time is about to become rice self sufficient. Yields for corn for livestock have tripled, with 90 percent of the food value of non-fat dry milk. Shorter season strains have pushed the corn belt another 500 miles to the north. This greatly benefits Canada, Russia, and China.
New strains of sunflower, coffee, cassava, alfalfa, soybeans, and trees are starting up in India, Africa, and Central America. South America is looking to quadruple yields of palm oil, cocoa, rubber, and wood. Crops are being developed that can be irrigated with sea water. This will greatly benefit the Middle East.
Modern no till methods reduce erosion by 50 percent, and new irrigation techniques save water. Sprinkler, drip, and trailing tube irrigation systems double the efficiency of water use. New fertilizers and pesticides are very important to the equation. Informed use is very important. All of this technology has been exported in one form or another. We either sell it directly, or people from other countries attend our universities and take the knowledge back to their countries. These techniques are widely used in Canada, Europe, and now China. Today, the United States exports 37 million metric tons of wheat, and over 40 million metric tons of corn.


Modern agriculture is mankind's greatest achievement of the 20th century. History indicates more advancements will improve it in the future. I think we'll fix this problem and be just fine.

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Just another thought. If this is such a big problem than perhaps we should stop putting food (corn) into petroleum (gasoline) to burn in our cars. [-(

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Milton Banana wrote:
Just another thought. If this is such a big problem than perhaps we should stop putting food (corn) into petroleum (gasoline) to burn in our cars. [-(

It must be a nice feeling to make sense for once. =D>

Now back to your usual.

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You want to fix this problem export capitalism around the world.

What you quoted made no mention of capitalism.


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Milton Banana wrote:
These wild ass predictions never come to pass. Ever. Yet, people just jump on them hook, line, and sinker every time one is barfed up by some crackpot. I stopped reading here:

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To address food security, we need a shift in the way we address poverty and inequality in the world,” Stephen Scanlan, a professor of sociology at Ohio University. “There should be a reframing of food as a fundamental human right in a way that governments actually stand by.


More fabricated crisis in the name of redistribution and the grabbing of power. Same old leftist tactics. But, it got the old usual suspects here all worked up. :mrgreen:


Perhaps you can explain exactly how we can continue to feed an increasing human population? The fact is that we have already seen nations prohibit food exports because of internal food shortages and those nations needing food have very little to loose if they are starving.

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Milton Banana wrote:
You want to fix this problem export capitalism around the world.

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We did this with high tech, high yield agriculture. In 1800 it took 74 percent of the population to grow the food. Today, with many more mouths to feed, it takes just 2.7 percent of the population to grow the food. Before high yield techniques 50 percent of the world population has faced the possibility of hunger. Today that number is down to 5 percent. To do this we vastly improved many varieties of food plants. This was done to a certain extent by farms taking seeds from their best plants. This led to many improvement and a hybrid corn variety. Then we began to understand plant genetics. This led to a new genetically engineered strain of wheat and rice with built in disease resistance that won a Nobel Peace Prize for Dr. Norman Borlaug. The new wheat and rice thrives in the Third World. Africa for the first time is about to become rice self sufficient. Yields for corn for livestock have tripled, with 90 percent of the food value of non-fat dry milk. Shorter season strains have pushed the corn belt another 500 miles to the north. This greatly benefits Canada, Russia, and China.
New strains of sunflower, coffee, cassava, alfalfa, soybeans, and trees are starting up in India, Africa, and Central America. South America is looking to quadruple yields of palm oil, cocoa, rubber, and wood. Crops are being developed that can be irrigated with sea water. This will greatly benefit the Middle East.
Modern no till methods reduce erosion by 50 percent, and new irrigation techniques save water. Sprinkler, drip, and trailing tube irrigation systems double the efficiency of water use. New fertilizers and pesticides are very important to the equation. Informed use is very important. All of this technology has been exported in one form or another. We either sell it directly, or people from other countries attend our universities and take the knowledge back to their countries. These techniques are widely used in Canada, Europe, and now China. Today, the United States exports 37 million metric tons of wheat, and over 40 million metric tons of corn.


Modern agriculture is mankind's greatest achievement of the 20th century. History indicates more advancements will improve it in the future. I think we'll fix this problem and be just fine.


Clueless as ever I see. Fewer people work to produce food because we use fossil fuels, you know that finite resource you seem to believe will never be depleated. Export the increased consumption and that will "solve" the problem? How will we continue to produce the wheat and corn in the mid-west after we sufficiently deplete the aquafers? The fights over water rights are only legal at this point in time, but as the reservoirs are also depleted, what then? California is pulling every drop of water form any source it can now and any increase in drought cycles will easily overpower those efforts.

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Milton Banana wrote:
Just another thought. If this is such a big problem than perhaps we should stop putting food (corn) into petroleum (gasoline) to burn in our cars. [-(


True, but they will still need to have fuel for the mechanization you touted as being the way to feed the planet.

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In 1804 there were 1 billion people

In 1927 there were 2 billion people

In 1959 there were 3 billion people

In 1974 there were 4 billion people

In 1987 there were 5 billion people

In 1999 there were 6 billion people

In 2012 there were 7 billion people

Today 1/3 of the world's ~7.25 billion population live in China and India alone ........

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