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Global Food Crisis - The End of Plenty

October 1, 2015 | National Geographic and The Guardian
National Geographic Feature report:
 

The Global Food Crisis

The End of Plenty
 

By Joel K. Bourne Jr

It is the simplest, most natural of acts, akin to breathing and walking upright. We sit down at the dinner table, pick up a fork, and take a juicy bite, obliv­ious to the double helping of global ramifications on our plate. Our beef comes from Iowa, fed by Nebraska corn. Our grapes come from Chile, our bananas from Honduras, our olive oil from Sicily, our apple juice—not from Washington State but all the way from China. Modern society has relieved us of the burden of growing, harvesting, even preparing our daily bread, in exchange for the burden of simply paying for it. Only when prices rise do we take notice. And the consequences of our inattention are profound.

Read more at National Geographic: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/06/cheap-food/bourne-text/1

 

In 2050 there will be 9 billion people on earth​. H​ow will we feed them?

Have we reached ‘peak farmland’? Patrick Barkham digs into a new book about food and the future, while Chris Newell provides a graphic summary of the challenges ahead.

Read more at The Guardian:http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/13/agriculture-farming-food-addiction-meat-harvest-hungry-world