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Food Futures Now

Book written by  Mae-Wan Ho

Food Futures NowI just found an excellent book written by  Mae-Wan Ho: “Food Futures now” . The book documents how organic, sustainable agriculture and localised food (and energy) systems can potentially compensate for all greenhouse gas emissions due to human activity and free us entirely from fossil fuels. It is a unique combination of the latest scientific analyses, case studies on farmer-led research, and especially farmers' own experiences and innovations that often confound academic scientists wedded to outmoded and obsolete theories. Highlights of the book include:

Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and it is accelerating, says the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report, released 17 November 2007. Eleven of the past twelve years are among the warmest since records began. Sea levels are rising faster than predicted. Heavy rains, droughts and heat waves are more frequent, and happening over larger areas of the globe. Cyclone Sidr hit Bangladesh two days earlier leaving a death toll of more than 10 000 and rising, a dramatic enactment of the “increase in intense tropical cyclone activity.” Of course floods on the East coast of Australia and even super cyclone Yasi still can’t make people who are determined to deny human induced climate change, change their minds. It will be much worse as the century progresses, IPCC predicts, and has “very high confidence” that human activities are to blame, most of all, in burning fossil fuels. The annual growth rate of CO2 in the atmosphere has jumped from an average of 1.4 ppm a year since 1960 to 1.9 ppm over the past ten years.

The good news is we can do a lot to mitigate global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. IPCC tells us that keeping CO2 levels down to the most stringent levels can be done but surprisingly, however, IPPC has failed to mention organic agriculture or sustainable food systems in mitigating climate change. Organics is the REALLY GOOD NEWS.

That is why Food Futures Now is so timely. Buy the book through this link
http://www.i-sis.org.uk/foodFutures.php