Some of you might be interested in this article from New York Times columnist, Mark Bittman - "How to Feed the World." Bittman argues that we need to embrace small-holder farming as part of the solution to food sustainability rather than accept the solitary focus of "Big Ag" on increasing the supply of food commodities.
At one point, Bittman writes that "not all poor people feed themselves well, because they lack the essentials: land, water, energy and nutrients." He doesn't seem to be going very deep into a number of factors that impact nutritional outcomes among this population, like the availability of, access to and utilization of nutritious foods at the community and household levels. And he seems to gloss over the importance of cash crop production for many small holder farmers in generating income that can be used to purchase nutritious foods. Still, the article is a good read and makes a compelling case for tackling other important considerations in the struggle to "feed the world" besides the idea of boosting supply.
And I love this quote from Raj Patel: "The playing field has been tilted against peasants for centuries, and they've still managed to feed more people than industrial agriculture."
Did anyone else have any thoughts on the article?