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Global Food Demand May Double By 2050

November 28, 2011 by  

Global Food Demand May Double By 2050

A new projection reported last week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) shows that global demand for food could double by the year 2050 and put major agricultural stress on the environment.

Scientists at the University of Minnesota found that unless global agricultural processes are re-examined, producing the amount of food needed could significantly increase levels of carbon dioxide and nitrogen in the environment. The expected environmental impact will result from the forest-clearing practices used in many poorer countries to create suitable farmland.

The researchers believe that nations that have perfected more land-friendly farm practices that lessen soil depletion could offer assistance and advice to less-developed countries to increase agricultural production at a minimal cost to the environment. Under current practices, the article says, poorer nations will have cleared about 2.5 billion acres of forests to develop farmland by 2050.

According to the research, in 2005 crop yields for the wealthiest nations were more than 300 percent higher than yields for the poorest nations. The researchers believe that by implementing modern farming practices — like the efficient use of nitrogen fertilizer — in less-developed nations, global crop yields could rise while the amount of forest land destroyed falls.

“The results challenge wealthy nations to invest technologically in underyielding nations to alter the current global trajectory of agricultural expansion,” said Saran Twombly, program director for the National Science Foundation Division of Environmental Biology, which funded the research.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Karolyn

    Just think of how many more people there will be if conservatives have their way and do away with abortion.

    • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

      Karolyn,

      3 days ago … Global food demand could double by 2050, and agricultural practices … Our analyses show that we can save most of the Earth’s remaining …
      http://earthsky.org/food/global-demand-for-food-could-double-by-2050-study-says

      • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

        Science News Blog Evidence Supports Ban On Growth Promotion Use of Antibiotics in Farming.
        ScienceDaily (Nov. 15, 2011) — In a review study, researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine zero in on the controversial, non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in food animals and fish farming as a cause of antibiotic resistance. They report that the preponderance of evidence argues for stricter regulation of the practice. Stuart Levy, an expert in antibiotic resistance, notes that a guiding tenet of public health, the precautionary principle, requires that steps be taken to avoid harm.
        Antibiotic resistance
        “The United States lags behind its European counterparts in establishing a ban on the use of antibiotics for growth promotion. For years it was believed that giving low-dose antibiotics via feed to promote growth in cows, swine, chickens and the use of antibiotics in fish farming had no negative consequences. Today, there is overwhelming evidence that non-therapeutic use of antibiotics contributes to antibiotic resistance, even if we do not understand all the mechanisms in the genetic transmission chain,” says Levy, MD, professor of molecular biology and microbiology and director of the Center for Adaptation Genetics and Drug Resistance at Tufts University School of Medicine.

        For the past 70 years, humans have relied on antibiotics to combat bacterial infections such as streptococcus, meningitis, tuberculosis and urinary tract infections. The misuse and overuse of antibiotics, however, has contributed to antibiotic resistance, making antibiotics less effective at saving lives. Levy and co-author Bonnie Marshall summarize and synthesize the findings of a large number of studies assessing the link between antibiotic resistance and the use of non-therapeutic antibiotics in livestock and fish farming. Highlights include the following.

        The use of non-therapeutic antibiotics is widespread

        According to estimates, antibiotics are eight times more likely to be used for non-therapeutic purposes than for treating a sick animal.
        Current practices set the stage for the rapid spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

        The long-term administration of antibiotics in animal feed creates an optimal environment for antibiotic resistance genes to multiply. Essentially, treated animals become “factories” for the production and distribution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as Salmonella and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a troubling infection that is resistant to common antibiotics.
        Bacteria can transfer antibiotic resistance to other bacteria, and multiple different resistance genes can be linked together in this process. Thus, even if farmers turn to antibiotics that are not commonly used to treat people, these drugs — given over long periods of time — can also promote resistance.Several studies demonstrated that antibiotic-resistant bacteria can easily spread from animals to people in close contact with animals, such as veterinarians, slaughterhouse workers, farmers, and the families of farmers.
        As much as 90 percent of antibiotics given to livestock are excreted into the environment. Resistance spreads directly by contact and indirectly through the food chain, water, air, and manured and sludge-fertilized soils.
        The broad use of antibiotics in fish food in farm fishing, particularly overseas, leads to leaching where it can be washed to other sites, exposing wild fish to trace amounts of antibiotics.
        The consequences of antibiotic resistance are great

        According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotic-resistant infections cause longer and more expensive hospital stays, and greater risk of death. Each year in the US antibiotic-resistant infections result in $20 billion in additional health care costs and $8 million in costs in additional hospital days. If antibiotics are ineffective, patients may end up paying more in search of alternative drugs, and enduring a wider range of side effects.
        Bans on the use of non-therapeutic antibiotics are effective in diminishing antibiotic resistance

        Bans in several European countries have led to decreases in antibiotic resistance. Bans in Denmark and Germany have not only decreased the presence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in farm animals, they have decreased the presence of these bacteria in humans.
        Alternative farming practices such as reducing animal crowding, improving hygiene, and improving use of vaccines have been shown to compensate for some of the growth benefits conferred by non-therapeutic antibiotics.
        Levy and Marshall also highlight areas of study that may improve our understanding of the link between antibiotic use in animals and the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Modern genetic techniques are helping, they report, but there are still gaps in our understanding at each stage of the transmission chain.

        “Aquaculture, or fish farming, has been relatively understudied, yet water is a prime medium for the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria,” says first author Bonnie Marshall, MA, MT (medical technology), senior research associate in the Levy laboratory at Tufts University School of Medicine.

        “While the use of non-therapeutic antibiotics remains contentious, the evidence is strong enough to merit precaution. Antibiotics save lives. When infections become resistant to primary antibiotics, and alternative antibiotics must be used, health care costs increase. As more infections become more resistant to more antibiotics, we run the risk of losing more of our arsenal of antibiotics, resulting in needless deaths. It’s important to consider what we stand to gain versus what we stand to lose,” concludes Levy.

        The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has already taken some steps toward stricter regulation of non-therapeutic antibiotic use, acknowledging that the practice is in conflict with protecting the public health and proposing measures to limit the use of these drugs in animals. Levy and his colleagues in the field of infectious disease have called for antibiotics to be classified by the FDA as “societal drugs,” establishing specific regulations to protect the efficacy of the drugs.

        Levy is president of the international Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics, and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Disease Society of America, the American Academy of Microbiology and the Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published more than 300 papers, edited four books and two special journal editions devoted to antibiotic use and resistance, and is author of The Antibiotic Paradox: How Miracle Drugs Are Destroying the Miracle. He is also co-founder and chief scientific officer of Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Levy received the 2011 Hamao Umezawa Memorial Award from the International Society of Chemotherapy, given in recognition of his lifetime contributions in the field of antibiotic resistance.

        Bonnie Marshall was supported in part by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Stuart Levy is a consultant to the Pew Charitable Trusts.

        • BigBadJohn

          Very good post, not sure what it has to do with Karolyns comment tho.

          My wife is in the pharmaceutical industry and her biggest fear is a world wide pandemic caused by bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics. There already are a bunch of bacterial infections that untreatable because they have become resistant to antibiotics.

          Agra Business may be the cause of major outbreak that could cause millions of deaths.

          • Dale on the left coast

            Maybe they could just invent a “bug” that just attacks lieberals . . . that would reduce the population by 20%, most of them sitting with their hands out, would save Billions . . . lol

          • Karolyn

            That’s because of all the people who run to the doctor for the first sign of anything and want to leave with a prescription.

          • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

            BigBadJohn,

            It has got every thing to do with it.Read my link.

            Overpopulation problems – Offering two compelling books that describe a future earth … human who was supported by the natural food supply … Can society expect overpopulation problems? … treatment-resistant diseases rank high among nature’s … the only alternative, forced control of the world’s human population, is not …
            http://www.booksaboutthefuture.com/overpopulation-problems.htm – Cached

        • independant thinker

          “……….the controversial, non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in food animals and fish farming as a cause of antibiotic resistance.”

          Very old news this information has been around since at least the 80′s. Unfortunately only the few have expressed any concern while those in the government regulatory agencies turn a blind eye and approve the practices.

      • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

        Karolyn,

        Here is another point of view,take your pick.This is one of the two schools of thought.Over population,or under population?The jury is still out.
        If you familiarize yourself with the myths surrounding “overpopulation,” you’ll be in a better position to defend yourself and your family against these idealogical …
        http://www.juntosociety.com/guest/sperlazzo/bs_opm1010903.html
        -

        • BigBadJohn

          History shows how mankind deals with over population, they start a war and kill off the people who have something that they want.
          The more people there are and the harder it gets to feed them, the more wars we will see.
          Sounds like a description of the end times to me…..

          • independant thinker

            Not to dissagree with your point but the “experts” have been saying we are at or just under the population limit since the mid 1700s or early 1800s and we havent reached that point yet.

    • Thor

      Think how few abortions would be necessary if liberal secular humanists had not done away with Christian ethics and morality.

      • bob wire

        So You are thinking that it’s all liberals are you?

        I guess you think that = only conservatives pay taxes as well?

        I believe the problem is a little more complex then you seem to believe.

        But I will agree with you that it’s a “failing” of the church.

        or did you say that? ~ You should have.

    • Dale on the left coast

      karolyn . . . been in the Eugenist Movement since the 30′s I suspect . . . you have some interesting Fellow Travellers . . .

      • eddie47d

        I see Dale is sitting on his hands (must be typing with his tongue)and only being a smartazz. Instead of having some foresight on this growing crises he chooses to plead ignorance. Corporate farms are packing more and more animals into tighter areas for more profits. Then they pump antibiotics and other chemicals in them to fatten them up faster. A recipe for disaster is looming and those chemicals are affecting human growth also. If there is so much available land as some on the right contend then why aren’t there more free range and healthier animals. If there is so much land then why does land cost so much? Why is so much farmland lost to bigger cities. Why are orchards lost to amusement parks and sub-divisions?Good farmland is harder to come by even in America and it’s not a problem that can be swept under the rug.

        • karel Eekels

          There is validity to all what is discussed in this blog, whether we are pro or against this so vital important topic. We are not only seeking or talking about existence and survival. Case in point is how to create a long-term manageable and sustainable situation.

          The US and also the EEC countries are governed by drunk with power politicians, who are woefully out of touch with reality always and endlessly focussing and discussing the rationale behind “the problem” and not on the solution. Government interference stymies every effort we are trying to come to terms with to create a better tomorrow for mankind.

          A good start would be for “we the people” to send a powerful and effective message to our “elite” politicians ( and the European nations could follow suit) to stop each and every form of subsidizing the agriculture industry. It is maddening and at the same time a crime to know that this industry sector is subsidized with tax payers money at a rate of an estimated 60%. Water will eventually (and this over time) finds its own level where farming, horticulture & produce production centers will be evenly spread throughout the country which in term will benefit regional farmers and growers.

          Just stand still for am moment, and how crazy it is that a large percentage of the nation’s produce production has to come from Southern California’s desert where additional tax money (in the form of subsidies) has to be allocated for massive water irrigation programs, which already have depleted our aquifers at intolerable levels. It does not end there knowing that these fit-for-market food products need to be shipped and transported long-distance by refrigerated surface mode to the East-Coast and Mid-Western states.

          We can continue the never ending process of finger-pointing until we see blue in the face, but let me finish by saying that there is and never will be a plausible rationale unless we throw politics on the way side. There is no lack of options. For those with a curious mind and interested in exploring this further, I respectfully suggest anybody to do research and google for example “permaculture”.

      • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

        Read this

        Sep 1, 2009 … There are many political styles in the eugenics movement. … As we can already see from the above, the eugenics movement is a very complex …
        http://eyesoffaith.info/%3Fq%3Dcontent/history-and-philosophy-eugenics-and-way-out

      • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

        Sorry I had two broken links:

        As President Nixon acknowledged in the following speech, there is no man who has been more identified with population control and eugenics than John D. …
        http://www.heartswithsoul.com/eugenics.htm

    • granny mae

      Right Karolyn, 47 million human beings have been murdered since the instution of abortion ! That is 47 million taxpayers to pay into the social security system. You think your kids are going to be able to recieve their SS? There will not even be enough to continue your own let alone your kids ! Another thing if there are 47 million unwanted pregnancies just who the H–L is being so irresponsible as to be getting pregnant all the time, and don’t tell me that all these pregnancies are from incest and rape because that is a lie ! Meant for people like you to believe ! The percentage of incest and rape pregnancies is one percent ! That tells you that this activity is nothing more than free sex that turns out not to be so free ! The price is life ! Todays men and women need to learn responsibility for their actions and use some form of prevention to pregnancy or learn how to control themselves !

      • eddie47d

        Get a grip granny. Nations that have exploding populations have or had large families. The USA experienced that for a couple of centuries. That starting changing in the early 60′s and we don’t have as big of problem as let’s say the Congo or Angola. We became smarter so those earlier families caused our population expansion. So were they irresponsible because they had sex all the time and produced so many? Time to work together and yes indeed be more responsible.

  • http://www.easyinvest.co.za peter

    2050? That is seemingly further and further away and the way in which we have handled our resources and the planet and most importantly our water supplies, the odds are against us being faced with that problem. Odds on our self destructing long before then are eminently greater. Perhaps the surviving elites will need to eat their money since those who provided them with gourmet food will all be gone. Oh dear what a predicament. Those gits cannot even boil water never mind make a cuppa. May they eat their gold and enjoy – scumbags.

  • firetender

    In reply to Karolyn I would have to say there is enough land in the roadside ditches in this country to feed the world. Hunger is a political problem, not one of too many people. We’ve already murdered 60 million babies in this country since R/W. How many more would you say we should slaughter before we can be assured of enough food for this already “too chubby” population?

    • eddie47d

      You missed her point Firetender. Land throughout the world is being gobbled up at a rapid pace to feed the growing populations. If it’s a problem now what do you think it will be like in another 10-30 years. Fresh water is also being depleted all over and in every country. It takes water to grow crops which will leave less for other necessities. In this country it take 5-10 million gallons of water to Frack one well and not all of that water can be recycled. So even attempting to open up more farmland will increase the demand for that water. In Brazil rainforest’s are being slashed and burned for farmland which is wiping out thousands of indigenous families and effecting climate. China has had that problem for decades and now is buying up Brazilian land to feed their growing population. The same scenario is taking place all over the world and the rest of the world is not nearly as responsible as we are. (In population growth and land usage).

      • Dale on the left coast

        eddie . . . you just gotta switch off that Al Bore channel you been watching . . . most of what you just said is HYPE!!!

        • Karolyn

          Maybe you need to do a little more reading on the subject, Dale.

        • bob wire

          Everything is sold by hype today Dale. Your personal views, my views, it’s all hype.

          Like Climate Change, ~ millions of dollars has been spent to debunk and defend it. The sad part is, it doesn’t change the realities but just the perception and any reaction.

      • eddie47d

        Have never watched the Al Gore channel Dale if there is such.

        • independant thinker

          The al bore channel exists it is called, I believe, “Current”.

  • Lastmanstanding

    To those of you who can’t feed, care and protect yourselves (from others and the elements)…you should be sweating big time.

    THE GOVT COULD CARE LESS WHETHER YOU LIVE OR DIE…In fact, they only give you “freebies” to get your vote. They have you right and left where they want you because you continue to want more.

    Once things break down, they in fact hope you will starve, kill each other for a scrap of food or a drink of water. Don’t be so ignorant and simply look at how all great civilizations end.

    The US with all of its great tech and innovations won’t be exempt.

    It is because those of you who can’t take care of yourselves put the burden on the rest of us one way or another.

    Think about that while your resting on the laurels of unemployment, wic, medicaid, food stamps, or any govt subsidized “job” taken from the taxpayer via “funding”.

    You piss and moan about “division”… you have done it to yourselves…Lack of responsibility for any issue right or left will be handled by the events to come.

    Food production is not a problem for some of us unless God doesn’t want us to survive…some of us will even fight him on that one.

    • Sirian

      It is very nice to finally see a comment that has basic “common sense” as its foundation. OUTSTANDING!! Why people can’t see it I will never understand. Make sure you’ve got your 12 gauge close by LMS, many will go to any length to get what they need in the days ahead.

      • Lastmanstanding

        Common sense and a never..ever…give up ethic is all I’ve ever had.

        It has served me well in the most extreme times…and the one coming has me thinking and planning relentlessly.

        I am a hunter and have always purchased firearms for it. That has changed since barry was voted in by weak people that a spoke of in my post above. My recent purchases will signficantly supplement the 12 gauge.

        “don’t go down without one hellava fight.”

        • granny mae

          We may be making use of that advice sooner than we thought. News says Fitch is going to down grade us to negative! And the powers that be want us to help bail out Greece ! Get your gun ready cause it is counting down !

          • Lastmanstanding

            gm…the plan is for the fed (US taxpayers) to bail out the EU…you just watch.

    • eddie47d

      There has been talk of a North American Union which would include Mexico. They do not have a great record of land usuage and an even greater lossage of usable fresh water. Although improving they continue to have larger families than those of us in the USA. Their population has always influenced us and we have a right to demand more accountability from them. This has nothing to do with immigrant bashing but responsibility between nations. We can’t afford reckless behavior in population growth anymore than the rest of the world.Not all land should be used for farmland if we want to sustain ourselves into the future and we need to be even wiser in the way we live.

      • Sirian

        e47 there has been much more than mere talk about a NAU. It has been in the works for a very, very long time. There are many others that are also on the planning table – European Union, already exists and about to collapse, North American Union – U.S., Canada & Mexico, South American Union, African Union and Asian Union. Now then, who is behind all of this and what have they accomplished so far. Unfortunately much more than you realize. All in all it’s not good for anyone.

        • Lastmanstanding

          The EU is fkd…The euro is based on a multitude of countries (27 I believe). You have these countries all using the same money and they all have hugely different lifestyles, cultures and work ethic.

          How can those that are productive (Germany) live together by the same monetary rules with those who are unproductive (Greece) Eventually one has to start paying for the other. (Sound familiar?) Look at how the piigs live then go from there…It never works.

          NOW, the war drums are beating…why? Because the bankers need to divert your attention from the fact that the world is bankrupt.

          For a stark, simple explanation/opinion of what has been going on and what is ahead check out http://www.bobchapman.blogspot.com

          “Free your mind and your ass will follow.”

      • Lastmanstanding

        Eddie…the bottom line is this.

        There is plenty of land and water to provide food to the planet even though there is excessive population by those who are irresponsible. If you saw how much food comes out of our modest little garden, it would blow your mind. We share

        The problem is that the irresponsible people do nothing to contribute to ANYTHING GOOD. They don’t want to work, they don’t want to be productive, they don’t want to share…they just want. Whether it is doing something kind for another or how about growing food for themselves. They take all that they can get, as much as they can get with little or nothing done to help anyone or anything…worse yet they want and expect more.

        Don’t give me the “they don’t have the same op crap.

        Here’s the long and the short…look at how the earth works…the bounty only lasts for so long then only those who adapt to the changes will be the only ones to survive. it is just that simple.

  • Polski

    You’re all missing a CRITICAL point. Monsanto and the Bill Gates Foundation are ruining the UNITED STATES FOOD CROP with GMOs, Genetically MOLESTED Organisms. And this is why they’re doing it.

    • Lastmanstanding

      Polski…your missing the point…Do something about it!

      You have info and options available to you like at no other point in human existence. You have past history and people who have lived thru this bs before…THEY MADE IT AND SO CAN WE!

      Please, get off your ass and fight for your family and friends survival!

      Or just what patiently for the govt to throw you a bone.

      Do you need me to decribe what the bone will look like?

  • firetender

    Thor and Lastmanstanding have been paying attention. It’s not that we have too many people in the world; we have too many greedy, immoral people in the world who don’t mind making a buck off the poor and ignorant who can’t help themselves. GMO seeds (terminator seeds) are already causing massive devastation in places such as India. Who knows but what the answer to our “food problem” wasn’t in the brain of some aborted child.

    • Dale on the left coast

      30 or 40 years ago . . . famine was an annual problem in India . . . not a problem today. Why do you suppose that is? Cause TODAY, India produces most of its own food . . . I suspect much of what the GMO alarmists preach is on the same level as “Belief” in Gorebull Warming.

  • Dale on the left coast

    “Scientists at the University of Minnesota found that unless global agricultural processes are re-examined, producing the amount of food needed could significantly increase levels of carbon dioxide and nitrogen in the environment.”
    Increased levels of CO2 result in HIGHER CROP YIELDS . . . the science is in!!! This is a known FACT!!! Meanwhile, Green Loons are giving out Solar Panels . . . rather than promoting and teaching modern farming techniques. If CO2 doubled tomorrow, crop yeilds would increase and the Globe would continue COOLING . . . as it has been doing for almost a decade now.

    • Karolyn

      Tell that to the polar bears who are losing their frozen hunting grounds at an alarming rate.

    • eddie47d

      Dale says they are “giving out free solar panels”. That sounds like Dale..bull! LOL. What does that have to do with farmland?Most homeowners who put solar panels on their homes place them on the roofs. Most folks in the city don’t have enough land to grow food for long term so slow down in feeding us the bull.

  • duaner

    I will preface my remarks with my political point of view. I am a conservative libertarin and a Ron Paul supporter. Here goes. I think there has been a vital point overlooked in the above postings. Research ( I apologize for not having the necessary links handy) has indicated that sustainable farming methods i.e. Organic farming practices have been shown to use less water per acre and a higher yield per acre. I feel a step in the right direction will be to get the developing countries to adopt sustainable farming methods over the big Agriculture/Pharmacuetical conglomerations use of insecticides, pesticides and anti-biotics. Corporate farming methods have been failing miserably in the past 10 years. And if they keep using the same crap (pesticides,artificial fertelizers, etc.) there yields will continue to dimish almost exponetially. The great plain states have been using crap farming methods for years and are nearing a saturation point of totally depleting our water resources. Polski is so right about Mosanto. This is the epitome of an evil corporation. They have been successfully been suing smaller farms for copyright infringement of there GMO seeds that have been carried by nature to these small farms who want nothing to do with the frankenfood that is being pushed on a gullible population. I have tried to keep up with the latest news on this battle. Apparently not all judges have been bought off. I believe that US Circut Court of Appeals ( can’t remeber which one) has recently turned the tide against this evil corporation and made it possible for small farmers to counter sue the bastards. Every body is talking about population control. I will not work. And rightly so. China’s one child per couple policy is failing due to the higher education level and economic freedom that has come from the practice of capitalism. Firetender is so right about the devastation in India. I not much for the EU either. But they ahve seen the light years ago on franken food and most countries ban any thing that remotely resembles it. The name calling and shouting in this posting is beyond belief. You so called conservative and progressives alike are spewing the party line. What a bunch of ingrates.

  • duaner

    The portion of my posting about China still stands. The sentence after “Every body is talking about population control.” should be It will not work. I do work. Even though I am of retirement age I choose to work.

  • ONTIME

    This is more propaganda and BS being spread by the lib left and their counter parts, the only stress our Ag suffers from is the frigging government and all the regulation they manage to use to tie the hands of producers and ranchers.

    We can now grow a much larger percentage of producing crop on a smaller paercel than ever in the history of mankind, leaving more acreage to produce cattle and sheep and other livestock but the government keeps throwing up obstacles and making law that infringes on the production of food. The government simply wants to controll all properties and confine the populace into designated space to control it’s every move, this is a act of a government out of control and hooked on power.

    We are now going to have to change the way our elected officials hold office and take back the representation which we the people are entitled to and govern by concensus as the Constitution was designed.

    • eddie47d

      The propaganda and talking points seem to be coming from you ONTIME.We’ve heard it all before and I think Corporate Agriculture is doing more than fine. That is in supporting the monopolies like Monsanto and having enormous tax breaks. The small farmer and individual homeowners who have plots are getting burnt by those corporations who want to keep their monopolies.

    • bob wire

      No Sir, it is a real issue and like Climate change it’s being resisted by people that elect to ignore it for a host of reasons.

      At some point, the world must learn to eat less meat “if” the world population continues to increase at the present rate.

      The present system of supply and demand is not substantial.

      I’ll see if I can find something on it ` hang on ~

      http://www.economist.com/node/14915144

      There is a lot of info on the subject.

      It takes several hundred pound of gain to produce a few pounds of meat.

  • http://Boblivingston Lyle McDaniel

    Give me a break, Barney Frank is getting out of the way with Fannie may and freddy Mac and all the housing development for the under fluent.Didn’t you notice how those developments always gobbled up the best farm land. n Now they can get that farm ground back to producing and create jobs.. no sweat…

  • firetender

    Well, ok, I guess there is no convincing some people, but when the supplies in your pantry, and the grocery stores are empty, and you have to stand in a line to get a bowl of rice from the G’vt, you’ll remember Seedsavers.com, Rareseeds.com. etc., where you can get genetically unmodified seed you can save from year to year to feed your face. Monsanto is not helping 3rd world countries or this country. They only have a bottom line agenda, and hopefully that’s the only agenda they have. By the way, churches are out there trying to help. They are only tax paying people donating their own time and money and a help your neighbor attitude. The world would be a better place for all if we could practice the “Golden Rule”

  • randydutton

    9,000 calories per day??? Is the report serious? I’ve tried eating military MREs and they don’t even add to 9,000 for the day.

    And the reports projects 2.5 billion more people by 2050. But western nations have a declining population. Only developing nations have a rising pop, and those rates are starting to decline.

    As for CO2, instead of painting it as a negative consider more CO2 INCREASES agricultural productivity AND the nutritious value of plants.

    This report appears to be more designed to help Malthusians promote population control methods as advocated by Obama’s Science Czar John Holdren who advocated sterilants in food and water.

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