Louise Fresco on feeding the whole world

Dr. Fresco’s TED Talk is one of the most important we’ve seen in the past year. Important, because she explains, in very engaging way, the principles of a sound agriculture policy for Africa. She has resigned her FAO post, and is now on the faculty of the University of Amsterdam.

Her credibility is enhanced by her years of hands-dirty experience in Africa. The experience and science combine to make it very clear how misguided is the “romantic greens” policy of encouraging small subsistence farming. She sees modern technology and mechanization as central to feeding the developing world. I’ll speculate that she also understands that urbanization is also key.

I recommend her Univ. of Amsterdam paper “Biomass, food & sustainability: Is there a dilemma?.