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Essay, 2015
Jess Lowenberg-DeBoer

"Precision agriculture" is revolutionizing farming as we know it. Taking advantage of information technology, farmers can now collect precise data about their fields and customize how they cultivate each square foot, boosting yields and reducing waste. Big data is the key to the future of the green revolution.

Response, Sept/Oct 2012
Frances Beinecke; Dennis Meadows; Jørgen Randers; John Harte and Mary Ellen Harte; Bjorn Lomborg

The warnings of The Limits to Growth were far more prescient than Bjørn Lomborg suggests, argue several critics, including two of the book’s authors. No they weren’t, Lomborg insists. 

 

Response,
John Sulston

Bjørn Lomborg’s recent essay on environmental alarmism overlooked a number of grave threats to the planet, most notably overconsumption. As poorer countries grow out of poverty, the developed world must scale back how rapidly it devours natural resources.

Snapshot,
Peter M. Haas

Despite high expectations and an ambitious agenda, the Rio+20 Conference failed to deliver meaningful progress on environmental issues. Fortunately, government inaction is not the whole story: the private sector, NGOs, and civil society groups are working to fill the void.

Essay, Jul/Aug 2012
Bjorn Lomborg

Forty years ago, the Club of Rome produced a best-selling report warning humanity that its escalating wants were on a collision course with the world’s finite resources and that the only way to avoid a crash was to stop chasing economic growth. The predictions proved spectacularly wrong. But the environmental alarmism they engendered persists, making it harder for policymakers to respond rationally to real problems today.

Snapshot,
Robert Jenkins and Anthony Lake

UNICEF officials explain why development approaches that emphasize equality are also the most cost-effective.

Review Essay, May/June 2012
Basharat Peer

Indian elites are cheering their country’s newfound status and influence. But two recent books reveal the ugly underbelly of India’s success story. A vast gulf has opened up between the rich and the poor, corruption suffuses every aspect of life, and the country’s political leaders lack the vision needed to turn this would-be world power into an actual one.

Snapshot,
Thomas N. Thompson

Since the scandal four years ago over melamine-laced powdered milk that sickened thousands of children, China's food record hasn't improved. Companies have been caught making ham laced with pesticides, counterfeit alcoholic drinks, fake baby formula, adulterated pickled vegetables, and carcinogenic chili sauce. And Beijing's responses are having little impact.

Essay, Mar/Apr 2012
Miyun Park and Peter Singer

As demand for meat has spread around the world, so, too, have the brutal industrial scale methods used to raise and slaughter animals for food, raising a host of pressing ethical and environmental questions. Improving animal welfare is no longer an issue of private, or even national, concern -- it is now a global imperative.

Snapshot,
Ken Menkhaus

The ongoing famine in Somalia has placed millions of lives at risk. To feed its victims and prepare for what comes next, the United States and its allies must expand food aid and ramp up the pressure on al Shabab.

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