I just noticed today an interesting post on the question of the resilience of the food system, and the comments involved a discussion between Toby Hemenway and the author. Basically the article looked at one of Hemenway's posts on the food system's resilience (and whether it could feed the world I guess) and wasn't so sure. I think they both came to a general agreement that it's hard to know whether the food system is actually resilient or not, but that it might be. Anyway, this was it:
I disagree that the food system is the last thing that will fail. Advance notice of a big snowstorm will empty the supermarket shelves. Food was a problem during Katrina. Those are signs of an efficient and brittle system.
Even our government suggests everyone keep a 2 week supply of food on hand.
My project thread Agriculture collects solar energy two-dimensionally; but silviculture collects it three dimensionally.
And .... this topic is just too political for my tastes for what I want for these forums. Folks that need to discuss this stuff can take it up in other spots.
I've decided to make this thread available for folks to see - especially since so many people were itching to see what Toby had to say.
My position is very much aligned with Sepp's: with permaculture we can feed a lot more people. And we can reverse desertification. And, at the same time, food is not the only issue with overpopulation.