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Dan Guerra 11/17/10 TA: Ingrid Word Count: 999 Assignment Three: Geographies of Sustainable Food? As humanity continues its exponential population growth, its demand for food has risen along with it. While there is currently enough food being produced to potentially feed all of humanity, the sustainability of the global food system has encountered issues concerning its capacity to sufficiently nourish the world population. Among these issues is the distribution of food. Throughout the world, the allocation of food is alarmingly inconsistent, with many nations being utterly over or under fed. As humans continue to create new cost-efficient ways of mass-producing food, there are also environmental effects that must be considered. While there are forms of eco-friendly farming, “unfortunately, in the real world of farming, ideas like "resilience" must compete with realities like "costs" and "profits," and producers and consumers alike gravitate toward simpler standards-even if those standards don't represent truly sustainable practices ( Roberts , 2009, p. 3).” If the human population continues to grow at its current pace and food consumption, new forms of sustainable farming must be implemented in order to preserve natural resources. There are plenty challenges facing the current global food system. First is making it environmentally friendly. “Of the 10-20 percent of the food system's fossil fuel energy that is used by agricultural operations, 40 percent is indirect energy consumption; that is, the energy it takes to produce chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Of the remaining energy, 25 percent is used directly as diesel fuel and 35 percent for other uses such as irrigation ( , 2003, pg. 7).” Aside from the CO 2 emission from the use of fossil fuel, “agricultural production adds to the atmospheric carbon stock through forest clearing and the release of soil carbon through cultivation
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