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Post  Lioned on Tue 1 Sep - 23:17

Well you all know about 'peak oil' so spare a thought for 'peak food' whilst you snuggle up at home under your duvet sucking your tamiflu lollies.There are far more serious things to worry about than waking up in the morning coughing up curly tails.
The population of the world is set to treble in our lifetimes (assuming your not 80+ years old).
Now i dont really wish to be alarmist,but,as the population increases the amount of land available for farming decreases proportunately,due to over development to house the population and due to our industries spewing out poisonous polution to satisfy our consumer desires.

The lack of arable land may well be excacerbated due to climate change (probably in the longer term)

Our increasing desire to eat meat,particularly beef,causes a 'disproportionate' strain on our farm land,put simply,the amount of foodstuffs consumed by a big heffer,bred to be slain to feed a few,could have fed thousands.

So will we be able to feed all these people in a few years time,we can barely manage it now.

We need to control our population and review our eating habits pretty quick.

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Re: Peak Food.!!

Post  Lioned on Tue 1 Sep - 23:30

The complex and overlooked relationship between population/food/oil........

The modern factory farming system is a prolific consumer of fossil fuel and a prolific producer of poisonous wastes. Up to 100,000 animals are herded together on huge feedlots. These animals do not graze on grass, as picture books tell us; they can’t graze at all. Feedlots are crowded, filthy, stinking places with open sewers, unpaved roads and choking air. The animals would not survive at all but for the fact that they are fed huge amounts of antibiotics. It is now conceded that the antibiotics fed to cattle are the main cause of antibiotic resistance in people, as the bacteria constantly in these environments evolve to survive them. The cattle are fed prodigious quantities of corn. At a feedlot of a mere 37,000 cows, 25 tons of corn are dumped every hour. It takes 1.2 gallons of oil to make the fertilizer used for each bushel of that corn. Before a cow is slaughtered, she will eat 25 pounds of corn a day; by the time she is slaughtered she will weigh more than 1,200 pounds. In her lifetime she will have consumed, in effect, 284 gallons of oil. Today’s factory-raised cow is not a solar-powered ruminant but another fossil fuel machine.
Part of the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest is due to large soybean plantations that are growing on former forest lands. But these soybeans are not going to feed vegetarians seeking meat-free alternatives - most of the world soybean crop goes to farm animals, not to feed people.

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Post  Lioned on Tue 1 Sep - 23:36

Peak Oil is not the only resource constraint facing civilization. Other non-renewable resources such as natural gas and mineral ores are also past peak - the "low hanging fruit" of the most easily extracted gas deposits and ores are gone.

A more complicated issue is the peak of renewable resources that replenish themselves on a faster time scale but are currently overused. Most of the world's ocean fisheries are in collapse due to overharvesting. Only a few percent of North America's native forests are still standing. Aquifers are being drained to irrigate agriculture in the Great Plains (largely for beef production). These land abuses are causing deserts to expand, which creates a feedback loop (more deserts results in less rain which further expands deserts).

Many commentators have noted that perhaps three Earths would be required to support the current human population if everyone lived the overconsumptive North American lifestyle. However, the current, single Earth that we all share is groaning under the stress of supporting the "American Way of Life" (AWOL),a way of life which it seems is currently non negotiable.

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