At Davos 2011: concern over soaring food prices. The world's food supply- that which we humans eat or feed to our animals, has been the subject of more frequent anxious warnings in the last years. Climate change and outbreaks of extreme weather, such as last year's severe heat and fires in Russian wheat-growing regions, have added to a basic fact - that arable land area is diminishing while the population grows- and more of it is eating high on the food chain- especially meat. Further, our industrialized monoculture production and distribution systems are acknowledged to be breeding grounds of disease, a principal cause of terrestrial, aquatic and marine pollution, and the major source of CO2 emissions. And with growing diversion to biofuels, commodity food prices have risen drastically in the last years, leading to food riots in many countries already. Looks like we're heading for trouble. What can be done? And what would a future sustainable food supply 'system' look like?
Joel Salatin: War Stories from the Local Food Front w/ introduction by Nick Ritar of the Milkwood Permaculture Farm, and Darren Doherty, Permaculture Designer & Educator, RegenAG.
". . . Salatin believes were now living through an age of a "food inquisition", not unlike the religious inquisition of 500 years ago, where the powers behind industrialized agriculture and food production are putting heretical farmers like him "on the rack."
In this talk, organized by Milkwood Permaculture in association with Slow Food Canberra, Australia, Salatin lays out twelve false assumptions peddled by the "inquisitors," which sustainable farming methods counter. . ."
Joel Salatin has been featured in Michael Pollan's book, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and in the films Fresh and Food Inc. He is also the author of six books including Family Friendly Farming, Salad Bar Beef, and his latest, Everything I Want To Do is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front.
GoogleTalks: Jonathan Safran Foer: Eating Animals
In his recent bestselling book, Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer looks at our dining habits, insatiable appetites and the cultural meaning of food. He explores the ethical, environmental and health risks behind commercial fishing and factory farming and discusses his journey from carnivore to vegetarian. Here at the Google Campus in Mountain View CA, Foer talks about the moral and material issues involved in human carnivory.
Raj Patel on the Food Supply
Author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System speaks at the University of Central Florida on the current status and future of the world's food supply.
Building a Slow Food Nation Pt 1
Wendell Berry, Carlo Petrini, Vendena Shiva, Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, and Alice Waters discuss the current state of the Slow Food movement.
Building a Slow Food Nation Pt 2
Part Two: with Wendell Berry, Carlo Petrini, Vendena Shiva, Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, and Alice Waters.
To rising demand, shrinking arable land, diversion of crops for biofuel, climate change and severe weather events, we must add one more contributing factor to rising food costs: commodities speculation. Just how big is the effect of the financial casino on food prices?
Paul Jay of The Real News Network hosts this discussion on food price increases and market speculation; with Jayati Gosh and Robert Pollin.
EcovTV Food Supply: A selection of videos related to food supply issues.
Science in a Complex World: Forget the food chain- think food web
Nathan Collins, Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute and a contributor to New Scientist and Scientific American Mind, writes an op-ed for the Santa Fe New Mexican: "The food chain we learned about in grade school turns out to be inadequate for understanding our food supply. Scientists now understand that we're part of a complex system of interconnected food chains called a food web . . ." (article at SFNewMexican.com)