Sunday, February 24, 2013

Do we really need industrial Agriculture to feed the world?

Do we need Industrial Agriculture?

One of the most frequent arguments I've heard justifying contemporary industrial agriculture is that we couldn't feed the world or future populations without it. This video from Food MythBusters breaks down this myth of industrial agriculture into the main arguments: 

-That we need to double our food production by 2050 to keep up with population growth
-Industrial agriculture has the technology to grow more than sustainable practices
-Their system works best for farmers and consumers


Food MythBusters also has a great infographic exploring the differences between industrial agriculture and "agroecology," another term for sustainable agriculture. 

I'm calling this myth busted!


  1. I use linear algebra occasionally when solving something with several simultaneous equations.

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