Quite a lot has been written in search of the root causes of the recent global increase in food prices. While bio fuels have taken their fair share of criticism, they are proving not to be the only contributor. Widespread, long-term severe weather patterns—like the Australian drought responsible for rice shortages—are high on the list, as well as increased demand from India and China—a country experiencing tremendous demand for grain to fuel industrial cattle farming. Regardless of the causes, finding a solution is the next real challenge. While it likely won't be as simple as finding a new food staple to take the place of grains, one candidate could prove to be a viable option: the potato.
The potato is third only to wheat and rice in terms of its value as a food crop in the marketplace. It's adaptable to most any climate, matures quickly, and can produce up to four times as much food per acre as grains. More importantly, in the face of today's economic crisis, the potato has not become a speculative commodity and so remains affordable, although farmers are more likely to look past the potato in favor of crops with a higher profit margin. Also, compared to grains, it is relatively heavy and susceptible to rot in transit, which has largely kept it out of the global food trade. That's an obvious downside as far as exports are concerned, but with governmental support to make farming the tuber economically worthwhile, it could prove to be a good domestic source of food and ease some of the current burden.
Foreseeing these benefits, the United Nations even went so far as to declare 2008 the International Year of the Potato back in early 2006. Think of that next time you tear into that large order of fries.
International Year of the Potato official site: potato2008.org
If the world is hitting a food shortage and growing crops may be in the red due to climate, why not build a skyscraper or something to house a large multilevel farm?
The architects of such a building could design it to allow in enough light for the growth of plant life, and the environment would be enclosed and can be controlled. Soil and nutrients could be added on top of the foundation of each floor. It would mean expanding upward in a controlled setting, instead of outward where weather is less predictable and insects are more likely to get into crops. If crops were layered in such a way, the food yield could become many times more than what a normal crop might produce. It would take some work, but it could be done...
Also, couldn't hydroponics be used in some way to ease the food market demands, like making it more widespread?
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