James McWilliams, in “Just Food”, suggests we take a side. Either we are for ‘high-yielding’ agribusiness or ‘low-yielding’ organics. He suggests that promoting organics and buying local doesn’t work. Why? Because not all areas have the climate or environment to grow their own food. Those areas. he says, will have to convert existing wild space into farmland to support the population and in some cases bring in adequate water to support the crops, or they’ll have to truck in food from other places. What do areas like Nevada or Nunavut do about food? Can they grow their own?
He has brought up interesting issues. How do people in Africa view buying local and organic? What about India? McWilliams says that these areas are so desperate for food that high yield crops and the means to create high yield crops (ie chemicals and GMO) aren’t questioned or considered, they’re embraced.
What is the solution? What do you think each of us needs to do to impact food needs globally and locally?