Deep down, everyone wants to farm. It seems we have within us this deep-seated desire to grow things, but it doesn’t make it any easier.
I’ve tried my hand at growing stuff and let me tell you it’s not easy. If my family is faced with some sort of post-apocalyptic survival scenario, I hope they’re prepared for a diet rich in slow-moving animals and light on the veggies. Daddy’s got a bit of a brown thumb.
I have the utmost respect for those able to coax growing things out of the ground. It’s a miracle, really. More than that, we couldn’t survive without them. Which is what makes the below so alarming.
Consider this excerpt from a recent Wired article:
- We will need to raise 70 percent more food than we now do, to keep up with an expected rise in global population to 9.1 billion by 2050.
- There are already approximately 950 million people living in poverty with chronic hunger.
- There is not enough land to build increasingly large farms: Arable land is being lost to urbanization and industrial growth. By 2050, cultivable land will have expanded by at best 5 percent.
- The same competing interests that are taking away arable land are also sucking up water: By 2050, agriculture will have 50 percent less water available for cultivation than it does now.
- And because developing countries depend on imported food to a greater extent than industrialized ones, as land and water are squeezed and productivity drops, malnutrition and unrest in developing countries will rise.
So if you’re like me, and want to proactively avoid the above scenario (which would devastate the tortoise and sloth population), and do something to help in addition to rooting for the promising science of test tube meats, get on board with a group that helps farmers here and abroad. There are loads of them helping all over the place. Let me know of any others that are doing good work.