Highly recommended, here’s an excerpt:
“The big paradox of our food future is this decline in arable land on the one hand, and increasing population on the other.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has reported that the planet, given current trends, will reach a global warming threshold beyond which farming as we know it ‘can no longer support large human civilizations.'”
What’s for dinner in a hotter, drier, more crowded world?
Imagine waking up in a world that has become so hot and so crowded that most of what you eat has disappeared from the grocery store altogether.
Or imagine eating only genetically engineered foods or a diet of exclusively liquid meal replacements.
These are scenarios that Amanda Little, an environmental journalist and professor at Vanderbilt University, envisions in her new book, The Fate of Food. Heat, droughts, flooding, forest fires, shifting seasons, and other factors, she argues, will radically alter our food landscape — what we eat, where it’s made, how we pay for it, and the choices we have. If we’re going to survive, she says, we’ll have to reinvent our entire global food system to adapt to the changing climate.
As Little puts it: “Climate change is…
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