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Eating Our Way to Extinction

Updated on May 7, 2011
The need for land FOR the population VS the need for land to FEED the population
The need for land FOR the population VS the need for land to FEED the population

Seaweed, Anyone?

Scientists are busy looking for other planets in the Universe, that may sustain human life. However, they do admit that, even if they find one , even in our own galaxy, it will probably be 200 years before we have the technology to reach it. Perhaps then another 100 years before we are capable of colonizing it.

This means that we have to exist on our own planet for at least another 250 years. The population of Earth, continues to increase at an astounding rate. Desertification and the growing urban areas seem to be unchecked. Can we survive 250 more years?

Our existance relies on an abundance of a staple food, for our dietary needs. Over the past years, Maize, has been produced as our largest of these staples, closely followed by Rice. Our production of Maize increased from 266 million tones in 1970, to 823 million tones in 2008, with a similar increase in rice production. That is triple the amount in a mere 40 years, meaning another 250 years, will mean an increase of approximately 15 times the current production. Where will the land, to grow this food, come from?

I believe, that the answer to these questions, is that we must turn to the Oceans, for the growing of our staples or our habitation. We depend on the one third of the planet that is above sea level, land. It would probably be a too bigger drain, on our natural resources, for us to start to live under or above the waves. We must therefore look to the ocean to provide our staple diet.

We do not have to learn how to grow Maize or Rice under the sea. We must just learn to eat seaweed. Ugh; you may say, but many communities in China, Japan and Korea have been doing this for a long time. With the increase in Asian migrants to California and Hawaii, seaweed is becoming a more frequent item on restuarant menus.

We already have the technology to farm seaweed, we just need the sense to start growing it in bulk. With the correct marketing and promotion, seaweed could be a common sight on our tables within a generation.

If we start to grow seaweed now, the next generation, by changing from our current eating habits, could ensure the survival of our species.


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