Nearly a third of the world’s population suffer from hunger or malnutrition. Feeding them—and the projected population of 10 billion people by 2050—has become a high-profile challenge for governments, multilateral institutions, big philanthropy and even the Fortune 500. This has unleashed a steady march of initiatives to double food production within a generation. But will doing so tax the resources of our planet beyond capacity?In this sobering essay, scholar-practitioner Eric Holt-Giménez argues that the ecological impact of doubling industrial food production would be socially and environmentally catastrophic, and would not feed the poor. We already have the technology, resources and expertise to feed everyone. What is needed is a thorough transformation of the global food regime – one that increases equity while producing food and reversing agriculture’s environmental impacts.?
Eric Holt Gimenez, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy. He is an agroecologist, researcher, lecturer and author of several books, dozens of academic articles and far too many blogs. Eric spent half of his professional life in the field, working with farmers in the US and Latin America. He now lives in Sonoma County, CA, close to the dairy farms where he was raised.
Introduction: The politics, power and potential of food
Chapter 1: Hunger in a World of Plenty
Chapter 2: Food, environment, and systems change
Chapter 3: Who Can Feed the World Without Destroying It?