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Can We Avoid Devouring the Planet?

Stanford geographer Holly Gibbs discusses the challenge of preserving natural areas while still feeding an increasingly hungry world.

What's for dinner? Ever more people with ever increasing purchasing power, particularly in developing nations, means that a lot more food is going to be needed to feed humanity.  But where are the new farmlands going to go, in an already crowded planet?  Is it possible to feed the world without also plowing under every natural area?

This question is especially pressing in the tropics, where the the majority of available land for agricultural expansion is located.  Dr. Holly Gibbs, a geographer and postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, has been tracking the growth of agriculture in the tropics.  She discusses the prospects of preserving tropical rainforests within a hungry world.


Music in Curiouser & Curiouser this weeks includes "Bring it On No Vox" by Jamie Miller and David Matheson and "Twins" by DoKashiteru

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