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Feeding Ourselves

If you've ever struggled to put dinner-for-four on the table, imagine trying to feed the estimated 9.2 billion people that will be on the planet forty years from now.

To feed this many people, the United Nations says that food production must increase dramatically worldwide. Pronto.

We need more food and less of an environmental impact: A sustainable agriculture system, one that considers environmental health, economic profitability, as well as social and economic equity. Easy to say: Hard to do. That's led both governments and grassroots groups to examine exactly how best to feed ourselves.

The British government's "Food 2030" initiative is one example. Already they proclaim to have a low carbon food system, encouraged by Britain's Climate Change Act of 2008. Now the challenge is to increase food production while sticking to low carbon food system guidelines. That'll take science and strategy. In the United States, cities like Portland, Oregon, have formed a Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to develop policies and programs that support sustainable agriculture in the region.

International, or local, the message is clear: What you put on the table for dinner today makes a difference tomorrow.

Script by Gail Davis

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