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A global food crisis may be less than a decade away
Sara Menker quit a career in commodities trading to figure out how the global value chain of agriculture works. Her discoveries have led to some startling predictions: “We could have a tipping point in global food and agriculture if surging demand surpasses the agricultural system’s structural capacity to produce food,” she says. “People could starve and governments may fall.” Menker’s models predict that this scenario could happen in a decade—that the world could be short 214 trillion calories per year by 2027. She offers a vision of this impossible world as well as some steps we can take today to avoid it.

The future of food
As Asian diets increasingly shift to resemble typical Western palates, the food supply chain will be challenged to keep pace with the demand. Michael Silverstein reveals the trends in motion and offers strategic ideas on how to address these obstacles.

Why we should end animal agriculture
There are over 100 billion animals in the global food system, taking an enormous collective toll on our health and the environment. In this eye-opening talk, animal advocate and social scientist Jacy Reese tells us why (and how) we should relegate the factory farming of animals to history’s scrap pile.

 

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