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Wanted: 50 Million Farmers

Food security is not at the top of most people’s lists of urgent concerns for 2007. Famine is not something that Americans in the 21st century are confronting as they navigate through the clutter of infotainment and consumption. But we are remarkably vulnerable, and we will confront this issue whether we care to or not. While billion-dollar industries are getting carved out of our new-found natural and organic food preferences, consumers are not dealing with the immense dangers of our current lifestyles and food systems.

Richard Heinberg’s speech to the E.F. Schumacher Society in October, posted at, is a must-read article on a vital and emergent battleground. Of course, instead of seeking technological fixes, solutions in existing technology and current practices abound.

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