The Chautauqua Institution teamed up with National Geographic, along with Wegmans, to discuss the global food shortage and hunger. Experience the Week Two morning lectures and speakers all over again through the Chautauquans busy tweeting and Instagramming in this week’s Storify recap.
In the last 50 years, the world’s population has doubled. The economy, when adjusted for inflation, has grown sevenfold.
There is no silver bullet that can fix the world’s food problems, Jonathan Foley said — but a spray of silver buckshot could do the trick.
There’s a powerful narrative being told about the world’s food system — in classrooms, boardrooms, foundations and the halls of government around the world. It’s everywhere. And it makes complete sense when you listen to it. The problem is, it’s mostly based on flawed assumptions.
In the National Geographic Society’s flagship year of 1888, eminent French economist and statistician Pierre Émile Levasseur estimated the global population to be 1.483 billion.