CIE Spotlight: The conflation of needs and wants in sustainable intensification

Dale N.
Dale N.

TitleThe conflation of needs and wants in sustainable intensification.

Author: Dale G. Nimmo

Source: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Volume 12, Issue 9, Page 489–490, November 2014.

Brief summary of the paper: How can humanity provide enough food for a growing population while minimizing threats to biodiversity?

Feeding the hungry is such an obvious moral imperative that few would argue against tackling global hunger in the most sustainable manner possible.

Instead of focusing solely on how we should satisfy demand for food, there needs to be more science on the outcomes for global and regional biodiversity of increasing food production, which can help assess whether all preferences for food should be inevitably satisfied.

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