Check out this site, which counts off the food production around the world.
There are a number of other clocks on that site if you click around – including world population. If you’ve ever been to Epcot at Disney World, you’ve seen the population clock spinning there – surrounded by all the Disney fans. Hard to ignore how fast it spins.
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Many good reads about food and population, resources, sustainable agriculture and aquaculture – and how they all come together, are truly food for thought.
Michael Pollan’s books are the most recent. Check out one of his first, The Omnivore’s Dilemma. This treatise on sustainability questions how we can support animal farming and ranching, over growing crops that feed many more per acre. It was followed by In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. His latest, Food Rules, An Eater’s Manual, gives a balanced approach to what our diets – and food production principles – should be.
Others of note are Food, Inc. – made into a movie that had all who saw it question how “industrial” or corporate food companies and their practices. It’s subtitled, “How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer – and What You Can Do About It.”
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser, tells most of us what we already know. It’s also a movie. (You can rent it for $2.99 and watch it on your computer.)
Back in 1971, when a big organic awakening was part of the “back to the earth” movement, Frances Moore Lappe’ penned Diet for a Small Planet. Today, it’s been reprinted millions of times, and has had an updated 20th anniversary edition. Cookbooks and others that have spun off.