Tuesday January 27 | Global Food Supply

January 26, 2009 at 10:05 am | Posted in Coming Up | 4 Comments

Increasing population, scarcity of water, and climate change are all adding up to what many scientists view as a global food crisis. We’ll talk about the worldwide challenge of growing the food to feed the world and some possible solutions.

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Dr. Greg Pillar – Asst. Professor, Science and Chemistry at Queens University of Charlotte

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  1. Sustainability is the real problem with food production in this country, particularly the way we depend on chemicals and GMO crops and how dependent we are on certain areas of the country to produce our food. A drought in California shouldn’t matter much to us in NC except for specialty foods (like avocados). We need to source regionally. Have you ever had a California peach? They’re awful! Anyone in their right mind knows the best peaches come from right across the border in SC. But try asking your supermarket where they get their peaches. They probably don’t even know. Just one example.

    And don’t think for one minute that our subsidies go to food. They really don’t even go to “farmers”, they go to so-called “agri-business” that grow grain and soy as commodities, NOT food. They destroy the soil with monoculture crops. The food supply system in this country won’t change until we stop these subsidies, and divert them to small regional farms. I could go on but Dr. Pillar tells it much more effectively. Thank you for placing attention on one of the most important topics of our time.

  2. I work full time at a paid job in a town in western north carolina and also raise all my familys’ own food. i also sell our excess small fruits, vegetables, eggs, honey, beeswax and pollen at a weekly tail gate market. We use no pesticides with any of our products. I would like to establish a CSA (community supported agriculture) so that I can maximize my time by having my customers either pick up their weekly produce/products and educate themselves on farming practices or deliver their box of stuff to central a central location. For a mere $300 upfront, I am willing to grow some things that people request. It seems like a lot of money but it translates to only $20 per week for 16 weeks. For this, one would get: education on food production, reduced packaging, pesticide free products, service, fruits, vegetables, honey/bee products, and free range eggs. Please look to independent small farmers in your community and you can help the environment.

  3. Oh and Monsanto et al are the devil and should be driven back to whence they came. Patenting of life is an atrocity and that leads into how wrong our legal system is….

  4. Thank you so much for mentioning the wonderful uses of hemp! It is an incredibly versatile plant that has excellent health benefits when eaten, is one of the strongest fibers known to man, and is a very efficient fuel. It is a shame that our country no longer recognizes hemp as a miracle plant. Companies that produce synthetic fibers like DuPont have demonized it as an illegal drug. It is time to take back this divine plant and recognize it for what it is – a great solution to so many problems.


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