Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Seizing the Ethical High Ground …

A YouTube video from the Center for Food Integrity adds some much-needed perspective to the debate over modern agricultural practices. Using simple images and effective statistics, the nine-minute video refuses to yield the high ground to advocates who want to “roll the clock back to an earlier time.”

If the number of farms and their productivity had remained constant since 1950, the video says, today “there would be no food for the equivalent of the nine most populous states, or approximately half the current U.S. population.”

“It’s difficult to argue that would be the ethical choice,” narrator Charlie Arnot says.         

Turning to the problem of feeding a growing world population, the video explains that, without significant additional productivity gains, “by 2050 there will be no food for 300 million people, nearly the current U.S. population.” Arnot urges viewers to “support responsible food production systems that allow us to produce the food we need by using fewer resources to meet the growing global demand for food.”
“Isn’t that the ethical choice for people, animals and the plant?” the video asks.

No comments:

Post a Comment