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“Overpopulated” – BBC Documentary (59:15) - http://youtu.be/Mz_kn45qIvI
Ground breaking BBC Documentary discussing overpopulation on the planet we call earth.
“Uneven Outcry Over G.M.O. Foods” – New York Times (1:45) - http://nyti.ms/18DAPck
Genetically altered wheat was found in Oregon, and The Times’s Michael Moss discusses why engineered food has long elicited criticism overseas but is just now growing in the United States.
“David Suzuki Speaks Out Against Genetically Modified Food” – CBC (5:48) - http://goo.gl/EjsMdZ
Since the introduction of the first genetically modified food, the "Flavr Savr" tomato in 1994, "GM" products can now be found in thousands of foods, from bagels to butter tarts to soy milk. While the biotech industry points to the safety and benefits of genetic modifications, environmentalists are quick to denounce it as potentially harmful "frankenfood." And that has left the consumer caught in the middle of this emotionally charged debate.
“Visionary Conversations: The Food We Eat” (1:33:52) - http://youtu.be/4QVdDX9j6jg
At the University of Manitoba's Visionary Conversations event in June 2012, the theme of The Food We Eat was discussed.
“The 9 Billion-People Question” – The Economist - http://www.economist.com/node/18200618
The world’s population will grow from almost 7 billion now to over 9 billion in 2050. John Parker asks if there will be enough food to go round
“This Is the Man Bill Gates Thinks You Absolutely Should Be Reading” – Wired Magazine (re: Vaclav Smil) - http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/11/vaclav-smil-wired/
WIRED got Smil’s take on the problems facing America and the world.
Dr. Smil: "We don't have to produce more food, we need to waste less and improve access." And it can start at home.
China has lifted the most people from starvation to food equality in 25 yrs. Also waste was 25 pct now 9 pct. Smil & Jayas
Smil says we pay too little for our food. It could be 50 percent more here and less expensive in poorer countries. #umvisionary
Who wastes the least? Smil says Japan. They adapted their diet and in kgs today they eat more dairy than rice.
What about starving people? Smil: it's not capacity issue it's an access issue, with wars, warlords, corruption etc interfering.
"The 100 mile concept means you don't have food 9 months of the year in Winnipeg!". Dr Smil.
Wittenberg: We need to ask if it's our goal to live to eat or eat to live.
Wittenberg talking about using technology to increase productivity for farmers deciding on harvesting for maximum yield.
Do we need more food production or better management of what is locally produced? Jayas says we have enough to feed all.
Jayas: If we reduce global food loss to 1%, we'll save 491 million tonnes of grain.