ERIC Number: ED241271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Query into the Quarter Century on the Interrelationships of Food, People, Environment, Land and Climate. Output Report.
Ingraham, Elizabeth Wright
Scientists and educators examined long-term national and world trends related to the web of interrelationships involved in climate, food production, population, land use, and environmental quality. Current information and projections for the next quarter century were discussed. In reviewing scientific findings, it was noted that global weather will fluctuate more in the next 25 years than it has during the last 2 decades. Discussions on how to decrease some of the 50 percent crop loss from rodents, insects, disease, waste, and spoilage were triggered by knowledge that world food demand today is the largest in history and that it will increase in future years. The fact that less developed countries will suffer most from food shortages and that famine, social unrest, and possible political chaos may not be far away was of considerable concern. In pinpointing new land for conversion to crops, it was noted that people create five times more desert than cropland, that expanding world population means urban encroachment on prime food producing land, and that atmospheric pollution by people may be modifying the climate enough to significantly alter the boundaries of existing croplands for the next 25 years. (JN)
Descriptors: Agricultural Production, Climate, Environmental Education, Food, Futures (of Society), Land Use, Physical Environment, Policy Formation, Population Growth, Population Trends, Research Needs, Weather
Charles F. Kettering Foundation, Winters Bank Bldg., 5335 Far Hills Ave., Suite 300, Dayton, OH 45429.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Charles F. Kettering Foundation, Dayton, OH.
Authoring Institution: Wright-Ingraham Inst., Colorado Springs, CO.
Identifiers: Environmental Quality
Note: Report documents information gathered at a workshop of scientists and educators (Baja, CA, January 15-17, 1975).