Agriculture Becomes Our Top Environmental Issue via National Geographic

In line with recent emphasis in my posts on growing food and urban farmers, here is a salient commentary by David Braun of National Geographic

“Making sure we can feed seven billion people means making sure we can sustainably manage the Earth’s water, forests, land, oceans, and fossil fuels.
By Tasha Eichenseher
This post is part of a special National Geographic News series on the global water crisis.
Worldwatch Institute released its annual State of the World report this week, with a clear message that the state of agriculture–both small- and large-scale, domestic and local–is a mirror from which we can gauge the health of the planet and the fate of our species.
Traditional views toward hunger alleviation, for the more than 1 billion people around the world who do not have enough to eat, have emphasized increased agricultural production without clearly thinking through distribution roadblocks or environmental consequences. As a result, the planet is growing more food than ever, but hunger is more pervasive than ever, according to Worldwatch.

Photograph of drip irrigation in Niger by Bernard Pollack, courtesy Worldwatch Institute.

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Eat This: Food Justice Debate – From [Polis]

The issues of urban food security, food equity and rising food prices are a significant part of the current socio-political unrest and activism in North Africa and along with social exclusion are at the root of the poverty debate – these videos from [polis] set out some of the problems

“The topic of food activism is becoming dominant in current debates about spatial justice, equity and urban development in cities throughout the world. The following videos present a recent debate held at the UC Berkeley Campus based on the recent publication of Robert Gottlieb’s Food Justice.

Eric Holt-Giménez discussed the book, “Food Justice” by Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi. Recorded February 8, 2011 at UC-Berkeley.

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