In a World becoming packed with soil and water based farms, where will wildlife source its future food?
So the story goes, dinosaurs were all killed after a meteor landed that was big enough to make the Gulf of Mexico and fill the World’s sky with smoke and dust which blocked out sunlight and reduced plant growth for a very long time.
In our tale of ‘Hew the Human’, it was Hew who became too efficient at killing wildlife for food, ran too low on wild food so invented farming to secure year round food for Hew’s family.
Oh yes; Hew found he could also make money by selling food to all those who didn’t farm their own.
At the end of our story, all ‘Hewmans’ (humans) looked to the open sea for food as they had totally covered all land with buildings :
In the more planet-friendly story …
the sea remains unpolluted and therefore full of food forever.
In the real World, the sea is filling up with pollutants daily.
And the real story of fishing is mainly one of industrial greed and not one of feeding a family’s need.
School Talkabouts on the subject of ‘need and greed’ reveal both the problems that capital-driven societies continue to propagate and the options available to each new generation to solve our shared global food requirements.
Do you eat natural vegetables and fruit or processed fruit and veg?
Do you buy natural meat and fish or processed meat and fish?
EAT SAFELY – STAY HEALTHY
The more humans we breed, the more stomachs we need to feed, the more farm land we need to create, the less habitats for wildlife, the more industrialised and controlled farming.
What’s to be done in the long term?
We could limit child birth or move to a bigger planet.
What can we do in the immediate short term whilst we think about the long term?
We can try and slow population growth – but that’s not going to go down well with those who want to breed big families. We can stop wasting the food we grow. We can limit our eating to the amount of food our bodies actually need – but that’s not going to make gluttons happy.
We can increase the size and efficiency of our farms – but that leads to even more industrialised farming and more fertilizer production and antibiotic use.
We can start to eat different wild caught foods that at the moment escape our dinner plates – but that may put a few more species on the endangered list.
Do you think we could develop a more efficient human digestive system?
Become a Food Technologist.
It’s very likely that most of us will continue to buy and eat farmed food. We might pick a wild blackberry or go on a fungus foraging course but so long as money-earning keeps us busy, we are not all going to start farming food full time.
Soylent Green? Don’t even think about it! But DO THINK about green solutions to growing our future protein requirements – maybe Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis and A. maxima) or the red, brown and orange solutions from other algae species
During a WoW School Talkabout we discuss food and feeding the World, in the hope of encouraging more hungry students to make a career in sustainable food production.