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FOOD, LAND, POPULATION, AND THE U.S. ECONOMY

October 22, 2011 • Farming Practices, United States, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Joe Bish for this article. See: http://www.nvaged.org/americas-crises-in-energy-landwateragriculture-spells-out-substantial-tribal-wealth.htm

America’s Crises in Energy LandWaterAgriculture Spells out Substantial Tribal Wealth Development

By Terrance H. Booth, Sr. – Tsimshian Tribe

HIGHLIGHTS OF “FOOD, LAND, POPULATION, AND THE U.S. ECONOMY”

The following two pages are highlights of the study, “Food, Land, Population, and the U.S. Economy” by Drs. David Pimentel of Cornell University and Mario Giampietro of the Istituto Nazionale della Nutrizione, Rome. This comprehensive assessment of U.S. population growth and its impact on America’s agricultural productivity was commissioned by Carrying Capacity Network (CCN), a non-profit organization in Washington, DC which focuses on the interrelated nature of the economy, population growth, and environmental degradation.

KEY FINDINGS

“At the present growth rate of 1.1% per year, the U.S. population will double to more than half a billion people within the next 60 years. It is estimated that approximately one acre of land is lost due to urbanization and highway construction alone for every person added to the U.S. population.

This means that only 0.6 acres of farmland would be available to grow food for each American in 2050, as opposed to the 1.8 acres per capita available today. At least 1.2 acres per person is required in order to maintain current American dietary standards. Food prices are projected to increase 3 to 5-fold within this period.

If present population growth, domestic food consumption and topsoil loss trends continue, the U.S. will most likely cease to be a food exporter by approximately 2025 because food grown in the U.S. will be needed for domestic purposes.

To read the full related article, please click here: http://www.nvaged.org/americas-crises-in-energy-landwateragriculture-spells-out-substantial-tribal-wealth.htm


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