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November 2009
Institute of Social Ecology, Vienna

Eating the Planet: Feeding and fuelling the world sustainably, fairly and humanely – a scoping study

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The surging demands of a growing and increasingly affluent world population are confronting the natural world with mounting pressures. Human use of the earth’s land for agriculture, forestry or infrastructure is degrading the ability of many ecosystems to deliver vital services to humanity. While modern agricultural technologies have resulted in rapid increases in yields and efficiencies, they have also caused significant and widespread negative environmental effects.