Food – the big fat lie

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The ‘big fat lie’ of needing to double global food production by 2050 has dominated policy and media discussions of food and farming, making it increasingly difficult for advocates of sustainable farming methods, such as organic, to convince people we can actually feed the world without more damage to the environment and animal welfare.”
Peter Melchett – Soil Association policy director – 20 April 2010.

 

“Telling porkies: The big fat lie about doubling food production
More coverage on the Soil Association investigation launched yesterday which reveals that those claiming we need to double global food production are wrong about the figures, are wrong about what the figures apply to, and are wrong to claim that achieving these figures will mean we will feed the hungry or end starvation. Peter Melchett, Soil Association policy director, was interviewed on Farming Today alongside Peter Kendell president of the NFU.
Farming Today, BBC Radio 4, listen again (21 April, 00:23 seconds in)
Farmers Guardian (20 April)
Farmers Weekly (20 April)
Meat.info.co.uk (20 April)
The Ecologist (20 April)
Read the Soil Association press release here (20 April)

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One Response to “Food – the big fat lie”

  1. Elisabeth Says:

    I could not agree more.

    The big fat lie is a ruse to usher in all manner of unproven high-tech agri-biz quick-fixes – which will land us in a worst fix than ever.

    Here’s my take

    http://realfoodlover.wordpress.com/2010/01/22/food-2030-spin-not-substance/

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