Moving Beyond Techno-Fixes: Climate Change, Hunger, and Malnutrition

argylesock says… Indeed, techno-fixes can be seductive but not sustainable. I’m glad people are thinking about the bigger picture. But is there really a global shortage of food? Edward Carr is one thinker who says otherwise.

Global Food Politics

As part of its presidency of the European Union, the government of Ireland hosted a conference earlier this month to explore the intersection of hunger, nutrition, and climate justice. The conference documents are all available online.  The website lays out in stark terms the challenges faced:

“The world’s population is set to reach 9 billion by 2050, which will require a 60% increase in agricultural production if everyone is to be fed. Over the same period climate change, water scarcity and land degradation could reduce food production by one quarter, leading to further increases in the number of people suffering from hunger.

It is those who are already poor and vulnerable who will be worst affected, despite having contributed least to the causes of climate change. The global challenges of hunger, nutrition and climate justice are linked.  To be credible, the global response must be based on a…

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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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