Imagine waking up in a world that has become so hot and so crowded that most of what you eat has disappeared from the grocery store altogether. Or imagine eating only genetically engineered foods or a diet of exclusively liquid meal replacements.
These are scenarios that Amanda Little, an environmental journalist and professor at Vanderbilt University, envisions in her new book, The Fate of Food. Heat …. and other factors, she argues, will radically alter our food landscape …. If we’re going to survive, she says, we’ll have to reinvent our entire global food system to adapt to the changing climate.
How could this affect the average person? …. A transcript of my conversation with Little, edited for length and clarity, follows. [Editor’s note: Sean Illing is the interviews writer for Vox.]
Sean Illing: So what’s the role of technology and innovation in our food future? Will human ingenuity save us?
Amanda Little: Technology alone can’t save us, but judicious applications of technology can. I say in the book: Human ignorance and ingenuity got us into this mess, and ingenuity combined with good judgment can get us out of it.
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