Food security requires a new revolution

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Date of Publication: July 29, 2015

Year of Publication: 2015

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Author(s): Paul R Ehrlich, John Harte

Journal: International Journal of Environmental Studies

Volume: 72: 6

Pages: 908-920

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In their 2015 article, Paul R. Ehrlich and John Harte reflect on the challenge of feeding the world in 2050 and call for “Profound and multifaceted changes, revising closely-held cultural traditions and penetrating most of civilization will be required, if an unprecedented famine is to be avoided.”

ABSTRACT: A central responsibility of societies should be supplying adequate nourishment to all. For roughly a third of the global human population, that goal is not met today. More ominously, that population is projected to increase some 30% by 2050. The intertwined natural and social systems, that must meet the challenge of producing and equitably distributing much more food without wrecking humanity’s life-support systems, face a daunting array of challenges and uncertainties. These have roots in the agricultural revolution that transformed our species and created civilization. Profound and multifaceted changes, revising closely-held cultural traditions and penetrating most of civilization will be required, if an unprecedented famine is to be avoided.

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