DEVTOME.COM HOSTING COSTS HAVE BEGUN TO EXCEED 115$ MONTHLY. THE ADMINISTRATION IS NO LONGER ABLE TO HANDLE THE COST WITHOUT ASSISTANCE DUE TO THE RISING COST. THIS HAS BEEN OCCURRING FOR ALMOST A YEAR, BUT WE HAVE BEEN HANDLING IT FROM OUR OWN POCKETS. HOWEVER, WITH LITERALLY NO DONATIONS FOR THE PAST 2+ YEARS IT HAS DEPLETED THE BUDGET IN SHORT ORDER WITH THE INCREASE IN ACTIVITY ON THE SITE IN THE PAST 6 MONTHS. OUR CPU USAGE HAS BECOME TOO HIGH TO REMAIN ON A REASONABLE COSTING PLAN THAT WE COULD MAINTAIN. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT THE DEVTOME PROJECT AND KEEP THE SITE UP/ALIVE PLEASE DONATE (EVEN IF ITS A SATOSHI) TO OUR DEVCOIN 1M4PCuMXvpWX6LHPkBEf3LJ2z1boZv4EQa OR OUR BTC WALLET 16eqEcqfw4zHUh2znvMcmRzGVwCn7CJLxR TO ALLOW US TO AFFORD THE HOSTING.

THE DEVCOIN AND DEVTOME PROJECTS ARE BOTH VERY IMPORTANT TO THE COMMUNITY. PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO ITS FURTHER SUCCESS FOR ANOTHER 5 OR MORE YEARS!

The End of Food by Paul Roberts

This article was inspired by Paul Roberts' The End of Food . If you enjoy this article then consider purchasing or borrowing the book.

img1.imagesbn.com_p_9781400175994_p0_v1_s260x420.jpg

How to Deal With the Developing Food Problem

“The belief that the [the US] food supply is ‘among the safest in the world’ and certainly safer than it used to be, repeated endlessly by food companies and FDA officials, requires more caveats and qualifications by the month.”

Over time, man has developed a dependence on meat and surpluses of wheat, corn and rice for food. According to Thomas Malthus’s prediction in 1798, the demand for food would eventually surpass the supply.

From the use of nitrogen fertilizer to breeds of plants and animals that matured more quickly, technological advances made the mass production of food possible. Family farms have begun to disappear, as conglomerates absorb these institutions.

There have been negative consequences that followed overproduction. Developed nations waste food, while poor nations become import dependent. The push for greater yields leads to increased usage of pesticides and other environmental contaminants.

Even in farming communities, supermarkets have become the most popular form of food distribution, as convenience has become the name of the game. Attempting to produce more, the food industry has traded quality for quantity. For example, McDonald’s highly popular Chicken McNuggets sell at such a rate that chickens had to be modified to provide more meat per bird. This meat is drier when cooked, so salts and other chemicals have to be added to moisturize it.

As doctors recommend, eating less leads to weight loss, but the current food surplus has led to obesity in developed countries, especially America.

Following the US’s foreign aid in the ‘60s and ‘70s, poor nations that were provided with food and farming materials have become competitors of the US in food production. Mega-farms will not help the United States compete in the current market, since farming “corporations” turn to poor nations for workers and land. If the US wants to compete in the global food economy, it must support small farms.

In this day and age, global trade has eliminated 100% insurance that food is safe. Injecting livestock with antibiotics has actually aided in the spread of E coli. Antibiotic resistance has made these bacteria harder to kill, and the kind of environment they grow in on large farms has allowed them to evolve to the point where human stomach acid no longer has an effect on it.

If we are to respond to the problems facing the food industry, changes will have to be made to diets. Western cultures must forego their obsession with meat, and organic farming serves as a more sensible source of food. Convenience will eventually run the food industry in the ground, as transportation issues and the loss of usable water will devastate this global economy.


QR Code
QR Code how_to_deal_with_the_developing_food_problem (generated for current page)
 

Advertise with Anonymous Ads