This Is Who We’re Feeding With Our Extra Food. And You’ll Spit Out Your Corn As Soon As You Know.

Curator:

Well, that was surprising. Here’s something you may not have known: In 2008, we grew enough food for 11 billion people.

(Reminder: There are just over 7 billion humans here on Earth.)

But half of that food went to feeding animals (you know, so we could eat them). And a great deal also went to fueling cars.

Clearly, we’re not hurting when it comes to our ability to grow food. But how we grow that food matters. In the industrial system that feeds much of the globe, it takes 10 calories of fuel to produce one calorie of food.

Which, let’s be honest, is not the most efficient process. That’s why so many people are keen on growing food organically — by which Wikipedia tells me means:

In other words, organic farming involves growing food more naturally with fewer resources. But here’s a good question: Can organic food feed the world?

Allow me to quote noted food expert Michael Pollan:

“In industrial areas, organic [farming] achieves 92% of the yield of industrial [farming]. But you go to the developing world, and it produces 182% of current yield.”

Not too shabby, eh? Maybe there’s some hope for our food system after all.

For the full talk (don’t worry, it’s short), check out the clip below.

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