Our Food Choices in the 21st Century
Life began on our planet about four billion years ago. The human species emerged just 200,000 years ago. If you crammed those four billion years of history into one year, we've been here for just the last 26 minutes of the last hour of that year. And our population has exploded from one billion to seven billion in just the last two seconds.
And during those last two seconds (from 1800 to 2015), we've completely taken over the entire planet. So, how are we now using our planet? Primarily to feed ourselves. It is a well-known fact that over 70% of the world's useable land mass is devoted to agriculture. The problem is that we still don't have enough land to meet the growing human demand for food.
And since we must keep trying to feed everyone, we simply steal more land from nature--destroying thirty million acres of rainforest annually since 1970, primarily to grow animals for our dinner tables. The average third grader could figure out that we have a serious problem on our hands--without even knowing about the irreplaceable biodiversity losses that are associated with rainforest destruction. What is that problem? I can summarize our global dilemma with four simple facts: Continue reading this article.
--J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info: