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An analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists suggests organic dairies offer greater state-level economic benefits than conventional dairies. Current federal policies favor large-scale, industrial dairy operations; the report offers policy recommendations on how to better support organic alternatives.
New research suggests that in order to feed a population of 9 billion by 2050, we need to shift to more efficient forms of agriculture. Among the authors’ recommendations are a decrease in meat production, particularly for red meat, accompanied by a reduction in global meat intake to half that of the average western diet.
A group of 22 scientists warn that human activities may be pushing Earth past a tipping point, transforming the planet “rapidly and irreversibility into a state unknown in human experience.” The authors cite human population growth, resource consumption, energy use, climate change and habitat transformation as among the key drivers of change. Concerns related to agriculture, including deforestation, nutrient runoff and monoculture, are also emphasized.