The Economist has an excellent article on the Brazilian agricultural miracle of the last decade. Brasil still holds the greatest potential for arable land in the World, and much of the ‘miracle’ is due a combination of technology, effort, environmental awareness, science and surprisingly, good governance. There is no silver bullet, but the results are impressive. The idea is to transplant some of the work in Brazil to Africa. If this happens, the article concludes, feeding the world in 2050 will not be so hard.
This only supports the claims that Pope Benedict XVI has been making for a while, and the ideological arguments than unfold from claiming that food production cannot meet the worlds needs. In his message for the World Day of Peace Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 he claims:
“Poverty is often considered a consequence of demographic change… For this reason, there are international campaigns afoot to reduce birth-rates, sometimes using methods that respect neither the dignity of the woman, nor the right of parents to choose responsibly how many children to have; graver still, these methods often fail to respect even the right to life,” he continued. “The extermination of millions of unborn children, in the name of the fight against poverty, actually constitutes the destruction of the poorest of all human beings.”
Thanks to Gustav for the article.