Browsing the "food security" Tag

Can the World Feed China?

February 25th, 2014 | by Earth Policy Institute

By Lester R. Brown Overnight, China has become a leading world grain importer, set to buy a staggering 22 million


India’s Dangerous ‘Food Bubble’

December 4th, 2013 | by Earth Policy Institute

India is now the world's third-largest grain producer after China and the United States. The adoption of higher-yielding crop varieties and the spread of irrigation have led to this remarkable tripling of output since the early 1960s. Unfortunately, a growing share of the water that irrigates three-fifths of India's grain harvest is coming from wells that are starting to go dry. This sets the stage for a major disruption in food supplies for India's growing population


Full Planet, Empty Plates, Chapter 3. Moving Up the Food Chain

November 25th, 2013 | by Earth Policy Institute

For most of the time that human beings have walked the earth, we lived as hunter-gatherers. The share of the human diet that came from hunting versus gathering varied with geographic location, hunting skills, and the season of the year. During the northern hemisphere winter, for instance, when there was little food to gather, people there depended heavily on hunting for survival. Our long history as hunter-gatherers left us with an appetite for animal protein that continues to shape diets today


Peak Water: What Happens When the Wells Go Dry?

July 9th, 2013 | by Earth Policy Institute

Aquifer depletion now threatens harvests in China, India, and the United States. These big three grain producers together supply half of the world's grain harvest. The question is not whether water shortages will affect future harvests in these countries, but rather when they will do so


Full Planet, Empty Plates: Chapter 4. Food or Fuel?

July 3rd, 2013 | by Earth Policy Institute

The massive diversion of grain to fuel cars has helped drive up food prices, leaving low-income consumers everywhere to suffer some of the most severe food price inflation in history. As of mid-2012, world wheat, corn, and soybean prices were roughly double their historical levels


Farmed Fish Production Overtakes Beef

June 13th, 2013 | by Earth Policy Institute

The world quietly reached a milestone in the evolution of the human diet in 2011. For the first time in modern history, world farmed fish production topped beef production. The gap widened in 2012, with output from fish farming—also called aquaculture—reaching a record 66 million tons, compared with production of beef at 63 million tons. And 2013 may well be the first year that people eat more fish raised on farms than caught in the wild.


Harvesting Justice #5: Uprooting Racism in the Food System – African Americans Organize

March 12th, 2013 | by Guest Author

A shovel overturned can flip so much more than soil, worms, and weeds. Structural racism - the ways in which social systems and institutions promote and perpetuate the oppression of people of color – manifests at all points in the food system. It emerges as barriers to land ownership and credit access for farmers of color, as wage discrimination and poor working conditions for food and farmworkers of color, and as lack of healthy food in neighborhoods of color. It shows up as discrimination in housing, employment, redlining, and other elements which impact food access and food justice



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