Sarah Sloat doubts that new technologies will be enough:
In his “silicon gospel” (as it’s described by the Los Angeles Review of Books), Byron Reese considers agricultural technologies like genetic engineering and automated farms as the way to feed every starving mouth. The idea that increased food production—made possible by new inventions and genetically modified crops—will solve hunger isn’t necessarily a unique one. CropLife America, a U.S. trade association, uses this argument when advocating their clients: Food production capacity is endangered by an ever growing population. So, a faction of the tech world’s solution is as follows: We need more food. And the only way to grow more food is better technology.
The USDA says that our food waste is equal to 30 or 40 percent of the national food supply. In a 2012 paper, Rebecca Bratspies, of the CUNY School of Law…
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