Have yields of major grains, such as rice, corn, and wheat, started to plateau after decades of growth? Lester Brown explores this phenomenon in Chapter 7 from his recent book Full Planet, Empty Plates.
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2012 continued a disturbing trend in global agriculture: grain consumption outweighed production, forcing a drawdown in reserves.
Global demand for soybeans has soared in recent decades, with China leading the race. This growth has environmental impact well beyond Asia, as Lester Brown demonstrates.
2011’s grain harvest was massive: the largest ever. Given the number of lean years prior to it, though, the grain produced will not replenish global stocks… and, thus, stabilize food prices.
On July, 14, three Greenpeace activists dressed in hazmat suits scaled a fence, and used weed whips to destroy a GMO wheat experiment in Canberra, Australia. The experiment was being conducted by CSIRO (the USDA equivalent for Australia). The activists posted video of the attack on You Tube. They also posted “explanations” by activists who could […]
FAO (The food and agriculture organization of the United Nations) released their June estimate of global food price indices yesterday. The new numbers were mixed, but not encouraging overall. Sugar was up 15% over the month. All the other indices were nearly flat: Dairy up 0.2%, Oils down 0.6%, Meat down 1.5%, Cereals down 1.3%. […]
Back in 1995, I was party to some discussions about whether about-to-be-released GMO crops should be labeled at the consumer level. It was clear that a failure to do so would look to some like a conspiracy, but we also realized that it would be far too expensive to track the great rivers of grain […]
From what I read on various blogs and comment streams, there is WAY TOO MUCH ANGST OUT THERE about GMO crops. Too much angst because every significant panel of scientists that has reviewed this technology has concluded that it is as safe as any other domesticated food crop. Too much angst because the reality is […]
Today, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released it’s food price indices for May 2011. It was a mixture of somewhat encouraging news and not so encouraging news. There are indications that we may have reached the peak of the spike at levels comparable to the last spike in 2008, but there is no […]
Last week I had the honor of meeting Dr. Jason Clay, Vice President of the World Wildlife Fund. We were on the same panel at CropLife America’s second annual National Policy Conference. Jason got the opportunity to promote his main project which is influencing major commercial entities in the food chain to promote intensification of agriculture […]
The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN) released their global food price index data today showing what happened in April. Last month there had been a glimmer of hope that the upward price trend was reversing, but as many predicted that was not a trend that continued. Dairy, Oil and Sugar prices on […]
By Lester R. Brown Long after the political uprisings in the Middle East have subsided, many underlying challenges that are not now in the news will remain. Prominent among these are rapid population growth, spreading water shortages, and ever growing food insecurity. In some countries, grain production is now falling as aquifers are depleted. After […]
Farming is a unique industry. Even though less than 1% of Americans are doing it, it is still an industry with hundreds of thousands of independent decision makers. It is also a far more dynamic and adaptable industry than one might imagine. A look at USDA crop statistics before and after 1996 demonstrates this point […]