Ecological Agriculture: can it feed the world?

The latest edition of the Monthly Review (November 2009, Volume 61, Number 6) includes a paper from Jules Pretty is professor of environment and society at the University of Essex, UK. titled Can Ecological Agriculture Feed Nine Billion People?

Below is an extract from the paper

Something is wrong with our agricultural and food systems.Despite great progress in increasing productivity in the last century, hundreds of millions of people remain hungry and malnourished. Further hundreds of millions eat too much, or consume the wrong sorts of food, and it is making them ill. The health of the environment suffers too, as degradation of soil and water seems to accompany many of the agricultural systems we have developed in recent years. Can nothing be done, or is it time for the expansion of an agriculture founded more on ecological principles and in harmony with people, their societies, and cultures?

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Montreal transforms a dump into a park

Montrealers are enjoying St.Michel Environmental Complex, a former quarry and garbage dump that is a park-in-progress. The site is being transformed from wasteland into a new green park, gone are the trucks, the seagulls and smelly garbage. Currently the park is being capped with building rubble and soil. The park will include large open lawns, amphitheatre, skate park, BMX centre with some facilities already operational. Currently the park has 5 kilometres of trails covering 48 hectares for us to enjoy today – and in 2020 when the park is completed will be 192 hectares.

The site design maintains the topography of the quarry and was not filled to the top this was intentional design decision taken by the designers, so that the park reflected the evolution of the site.

Via Gazette