There is no global crisis of food production

Edward Carr at Open the Echo Chamber says, ‘There is no global crisis of food production.’ He urges us to stop thinking about food scarcity and to consider other ways to get everybody fed.

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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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3 Responses to There is no global crisis of food production

  1. EqFe says:

    It may be well be accurate to maintained that planet Earth as a whole does not have a shortage of food production, accurate but not a particularly used fact. There are, however many local shotfalls in food production, for example, your own UK produces less food than it consumes. Fortunately the citizens of the UK can afford to buy food produced elsewhere and have it shipped. Other areas of the world have local production shortfalls and not all the people of those nations can afford to buy it from growers far away.
    Mr Carr maintains that there are no production shortfalls withing market sheds, a term I haven’t heard before, but I wonder how a market shed is defined for places like sub Sahara Afraca, and remote mountainous regions of central and South America for example. Mr. Carr assumes that any shortfall that occurs is due to waste, all though I don’t know where his empirical evidence to use a term he’s fond of, can be found.
    I suppose he feels in some ways, that if the world produces enough food in total, a way should be found to get it to the hungry, although I wonder in this utopian world who is supposed to pay for it, since most of the folks suffering from malnutrition in our world are poor. It seems to me that the best and cheapest way to end hunger locally is to produce more local. Mr. Carr is concerned about using fossil fuel to grow food, but not to transport it. More than anything though, I see population control, like China used to end hunger and start to address poverty in that nation.

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