Grains, and why food will stay plentiful

Musings from the Chiefio

Now “plentiful” does not mean everyone on the planet will have enough food no matter what. There will still be Evil Politicians who want people to starve and there will still be Stupid UN Food Programs that either let those Evil Ps drive the process or just are so poor at getting food where it needs to be that folks still die.

No, what I mean by “plentiful” is that on a global basis there is plenty of ability to grow food. We can still be expected to ‘cock it up’ in lousy distribution, “power first” and “people second” politics, and general stupidity. But that’s because of us, not because of any natural “limit” placed on food supply.

Feed Ratio

First off, realize when going through these numbers that, from time to time, a given grain will be talked about in terms of how much is used for “animal feed”…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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2 Responses to Grains, and why food will stay plentiful

  1. EqFe says:

    That was a great blog, and thanks for sharing. I have to admit though I almost missed reading it because of you comment, “There will still be Evil Politicians who want people to starve and there will still be Stupid UN Food Programs that either let those Evil Ps drive the process or just are so poor at getting food where it needs to be that folks still die.” I assumed that that was a summary of the article, and my own view of that is that birth control has to accompany food aid.

    • argylesock says:

      I was a bit put off by that ‘evil’ remark too! But I’m glad you persevered because there’s a lot of good thinking in the Chiefio’s words. GreenSky pointed me towards that excellent blog.

      I agree with you that birth control is essential.

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