I read “A five step plan to feed the world” as well as “Amid a national decline, some states are gaining farms” from the May issue of the National Geographic magazine. These articles tell us about growing food more sustainably. As the world of food industrialization grows, more and more farms are disappearing and the farms that are left, only grow one specialized crop. Even thought that this method is good for mass producing food now, it will not help in the future when there are more than 9 billion people needing to be fed each and every day. One method is to go back to the small farms. “Though small farms tend to lag behind the industrial farms in yields, they often deliver more food that actually ends up feeding people.” (Foley 40) This will help more people be fed for less cost.
When we went to Whole Foods, Nick told us how the front of the store is not stocked year round with berries. Because Walmart is never out of stock, people expect that is to be true of other stores that they visit. For most of the year these specific berries are out of season and end up tasting strange. Instead, the produce section of the store has foods that are in season. So in the summer months, exotic fruits and vegetables are present in the store. “This helps expose people to different kinds of food, not just the normal boring foods,” Nick mentioned. So we asked if frozen or fresh was more sustainable. Well we were in for a surprise. Fresh food is actually not sustainable because it has to get thrown out if it is not purchased within 1-2 days. Frozen food can actually be held onto longer. Once it passes the 3 day mark, as long as it is not moldy, it gets donated to Roadrunner Food Bank. That way, it never is wasted.
To feed so many people, organic is the way to go. It is cleaner to produce because there isn’t harmful chemicals being put into our air and bodies. It is free of man made additives. People in less fortunate countries can afford organic because the chemicals are very expensive and that is what is robbing the farmers. So in the long run, more diversity in the crops and using organic methods to farm is the way to feed more and more people in our coming future.