I will be interviewing Emily Cassidy on Sunday, August 23th on Atheist Talk Radio, with Mike Haubrich hosting. We’ll be talking about food, the food supply, how we’re all gonna die when the food supply runs out, how maybe to avoid or delay that, and GMOs will almost certainly come up in the conversation.
Emily is originally from Minnesota where she earned her master’s and bachelor degrees in natural resources science. She is now a research analyst at EWG, and studies the impact of agriculture on land, water, and air. She looks at ways to change the food system to yield healthier, more sustainable food. She is co-author of the influential paper “Solutions for a Cultivated Planet,” recently published in Nature, and is the inventor of new measurement technique to quantify the number of people fed per acre of cropland.
The abstract from the Nature paper:
Increasing population and consumption are placing unprecedented demands on agriculture and natural resources. Today, approximately a billion people are chronically malnourished while our agricultural systems are concurrently degrading land, water, biodiversity and climate on a global scale. To meet the world’s future food security and sustainability needs, food production must grow substantially while, at the same time, agriculture’s environmental footprint must shrink dramatically. Here we analyse solutions to this dilemma, showing that tremendous progress could be made by halting agricultural expansion, closing ‘yield gaps’ on underperforming lands, increasing cropping efficiency, shifting diets and reducing waste. Together, these strategies could double food production while greatly reducing the environmental impacts of agriculture.
Emily did this Ted Talk:
You can follow her on Twitter here: @Cassidy_Emily
I’ve written up some of Emily’s work:
And here is a short list of her publications:
-Solutions for a cultivated planet, by JA Foley, N Ramankutty, KA Brauman, ES Cassidy, JS Gerber, …
Nature 478 (7369), 337–342
-Redefining Agricultural Yields: From Tonnes to People Nourished per Hectare, by ES Cassidy, PC West, JS Gerber, JA Foley Environmental Research Letters 8 (3)
-Leverage points for improving global food security and the environment, by PC West, JS Gerber, PM Engstrom, ND Mueller, KA Brauman, KM Carlson, et al. Science 345 (6194), 325–328
-Rethinking Agricultural Trade Relationships in an Era of Globalization, by GK MacDonald, KA Brauman, S Sun, KM Carlson, ES Cassidy, JS Gerber, et al., BioScience