Anna Lappé & Food MythBusters — Do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world?


  1. There is compounding benefit on all fronts in biological farming, and compounding depletion in conventional industrial farming. You figure out who is going to remain in business.

    I have posted a video of Gabe Brown "proving" that it can be done and is being done. But perhaps you are looking for a silver bullet to replicate, if so then you'd better stick with the industrial system. The industrial system did not arise overnight nor will it fail overnight. It will fail eventually because depletion

  2. Nothing will work if we don't limit our own reproduction levels. People should stop having children.Even if it's only one or two, it's too much now, we cannot provide for everyone and population cannot keep growing forever.

  3. 17 dislikes?? wt hey? As a gardener who uses NO chemicals I know that we can feed the world without them. Natural practices offer the only solution to a sustainable food paradigm. Allowing big corporations to get a strangle hold on food production has been one of the biggest mistakes of the 20th century. The neonicotinoid pesticides are causing the collapse of bee populations putting all of us in serious danger. If you live in CA vote yes to prop 37. Label GMO's. Share this video with friends…

  4. Hmmmm, I am guessing you have no real-life experience with raising animals for consumption?

    I feed my partner and myself, my 3 neighbours and their 3 children, plus a rotation of woofers, friends and family that travel through the farm, all from a main garden about 1/4 of an acre in size and a small one directly outside my house. Most of us are vegetarian.

    The cattle on the other hand (2 highland cows atm) need to be rotated throughout the farm constantly, which covers at least 20 acres.

  5. In terms of maintenance and ongoing expenses, work, energy and nutrition received, and area of productivity required….vege gardens, herb gardens and fruit trees will always win out against raising cattle for consumption (at least where I live, where the land is fertile and the whether isnt too harsh).

  6. check out hydroponics and vertical farms. Clean organic food grown faster and without Gmo,pesticides,fertilizers,or chemicals.

  7. Simply one of the most absurd set of conspiracy theory allegations I've ever heard. The small farm / organic lobby is absolutely hell-bent upon destroying commercial farming, and the "organic" argument is just their newest and most convenient weapon. Not because conventional farming bad for the environment, necessarily, but because they're getting pushed out of business. This is self-interest of family farmers who survive off of government subsidies in the first place – nothing more.

  8. The snooze alarm is broken people… it's time to WAKE UP, GET UP & RISE UP!!! Lay down for this and the other attrocities being done to us and the generations to follow, will continue to occur until there will be nothing but a nation of sheeple with amnesia and the dwellers of the gated communities that will control our existence. Regain control of the government, our government… the one that was designed to be of, for AND BY THE PEOPLE!!!

  9. Or we could just stop using soil, make hydroponic skyscrapers no need for pesticides, make it automated no need for human labor.

  10. Another "Food Myth" is the so-called "need" for humans to consume animals. Our bodies simply are not designed to consume a living, breathing, feeling, conscience being. A plant based diet is the ultimate in health for our bodies, for the planet and for the animals. Animal agriculture is the leading contributor to poisoning our air, water and soil.

  11. corn corn corn, who needs meat when you have corn. dont eat meat, your killing animals, are you a vegetarian yet? well then lets level another forest because we need more room to grow corn. whats that? you need protein? well then, lets get our chainsaws and lets grow some soy, whats wrong? you have a bump in your neck? well thats too bad, you should take some pills for that. what happened to the wild life? it was eating our lettuce so they had to be put down.

  12. our wisdom teeth don't grow properly because we don't tear meat with our teeth. of course youre from the US. in other countries that eat mostly meat, pollution is low and wild life is healthy because they dont rape the land for its soil and kill all the wild life that eats the crops. all of my teeth are sharp except for my front teeth but i have met people that have flat teeth even the k9's. i think that means that everyone has different needs in their diets.

  13. No, our bodies are IDEALLY created to eat meat,(canine teeth to tear flesh) and stomach enzymes which digest flesh (diff. from cows for ex.).You don't need those to eat only plant prods.Much more difficult to eat a diet nutritionally balanced with complete vitamins and nutrients w/o animal products even with modern understanding of diet.Imagine trying to do that w/o education, technology and relative wealth most of the rest of world doesn't enjoy.Speak for yourself only.Your choice.Not mine.

  14. Err, that simply isn't true. We have developed as omnivores. Sure we don't need to, but we are perfectly equipped to do so.

    Exchange information, ideas and methodologies for aquaponics, fish, seafood and associated products inspection, quality management and fish/seafood processing technology
    Imagine a technology that produces healthy organic food, clean water, and renewable energy all at the same time.
    We call it CCRES AQUAPONICS.

  16. This video speaks of getting away from "one size fits all" farming ie: socialized farming.
    But you want us to believe that government social engenineering is good for us.

    How about this. We end all farm subsidies and instead the government becomes a buyer of food stuffs and uses it as currency to payoff our national debt.

    Send ship loads of grains , fruits and vegies, that the govt. recieves as paymrnt in kind, to our creditors like China. and get lazy land owners off the govt. dole.

  17. Yeah mate, I hope they will…
    But let us not be laid-back and wait for the goverment to change things.
    Please realize it.
    WE can do a lot to change the system.
    Buying organic to start with, and reduce our waste and foodconsumption drastically.

  18. Sustainable Ag is adaptable to urban areas, too. See Will Allen's "Growing Power" in Milwaukee for a great example of utilizing hoop houses and aquaponics. Check out the film "Edible City: Grow the Revolution" to see how people in places like Oakland are integrating mini-farms into cities by converting the smallest of abandoned lots into thriving gardens. Growing on rooftops is another way to go. Edible forests are low maintenance, high yield. See also "Greening the Desert." Grow everywhere!

  19. If we weren't meant to eat meat our digestive tube would have evolved accordingly since the beginning to match closely and exclusively those of an herbivore,that's not the case.Instead we have both mixed characteristics of carnivores and herbivores.We are omnivores by nature and will eat whatever accommodate us and that adaptability is key to our species survival,this idea that we should cast away our meat eating habits is absurd.Who the hell are you to question millions of years of evolution?

  20. I'm commenting to shamelessly plug a Resource Based Economy.

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  21. Food Freedom!!!

    We need to allow the consumer to make a truly informed purchase by labeling GMO's and the presence of other chemicals, like the ones they spray on raw meat to keep it fresher. Allowing people to buy raw milk, if they want. Making sure people have a right everywhere to grow their own food, if they choose to do that.

  22. small farms produce more because they require more human interaction and there fore more money for labor less of most other things though. its also important to consider poor who depend on cheap food to buy.

  23. ah the magical world of 'organic' farming where no no pesticides or fertilizers are used right? increased food supply on the cheap for all the world to afford right?

  24. Nothing is magical about sustainable farming. It's pretty remarkable how little plants need to grow. Water, sun, and fertile soil, planting comfrey around garden beds to deter weeds, using double sided sticky tape to ward ants off of fruit trees, nets to deter birds…

  25. personal i want less farmer and a more technical advance population, though diffidently not at the expense of are health. Are current system allows a small family to harvest hundreds of acres now no matter how you cut it you need machines to do that with just 4 or 5 people.Ideally we keep the idea of efficiency in mind and blend both practices.If we are to be a strong country we need to make advances in finished goods. Something to note is that most underdeveloped country are agrobased.

  26. you need to make all claims as excess able as possible, you should treat it as a scientific paper put all references in the description ( and in this case) in order of the video.

  27. YES YES YES & YES!!!
    profit has gotten in the way of truth here. It's much more productive to farm smart, than to pour on all the chemical these massive companies produce. 4 billion years of evolution versus a couple of hundred years of business?

    I know which one I'll take 😀
    good luck!

  28. My family farms and dairies. It's hard work and doesn't take a day off. I don't believe the producers of this video have farmed as a way to make a good living to provide for thier families. There video is loaded with lies and mistruths, it's very easy to criticize modern technology and farming practices while your mouth is full.

  29. Farmers have been fighting this for decades. It's great to see the fight spread out to consumers in forms like this. Unfortunately, foodMythBusters falls into a myth of it's own, on the policy causes and solutions. The video refers to subsidies to large farms, and suggests that reducing those is the key, and Anna Lappe has led in that activism. In fact that's tiny compared to the nonsubsidy benefits to the buyers from the lack of price floors. See my Farm & Food Bill playlist for correct info

  30. Veganism is not the solution. Self change and system change are. Getting self honest as all as one as equal – get real – get physical.

  31. Not everyone is mentally capable to see the truth for what it is( is call denial). But we must continue to share this type of INFORMATION for more people become aware and we work together to help those that are part of a system that doesn't work anymore. We need to be accountable and help them so they can also have a way to support their families without participating in destroying the rest of Humanity and the animals!

  32. I don't see this as suggesting that farmers don't work hard. They certainly do. It is saying that there are an awful lot of unhealthy practices and thanks to govt interference our farm families are essentially caught indentured servitude.

  33. I want to address one point that was made in the video. It was stated that humans only consume one percent of the corn produced . The misleading aspect of the point implied is that we as humans could simply eat the corn. The farmers that produce the corn sell to the buyers that pay for the crop. People won't eat "just corn" therefore it isn't in demand for human consumption. There is no way we have enough land to graze cattle to produce the demand for beef.

  34. Integrated biodiverse permacultural practices and aquaponics are the way forward. There is no doubt about it.

  35. Stop having too many children. If you "feel" you "need" to have children, have just one. Or even better: adopt. If fewer people reproduce, we'll become less burden for Earth and its resources.

    Eat a more plant-based diet, which isn't as soil-intensive as a primarily carnivore one.

    Don't waste food.

    Grow food, not lawns.

    There's too many little things we can do yet still their impact in the long run is HUGE.

  36. There is no such thing as truly a sustainable farm. By definition, the food shipped out of the farm is taking soil nutrients with it. It *has* to be replaced with supplies from somewhere else.

  37. This really works from my own experience. Pests are good things there for a reason, they show we're becoming too greedy, I find that an honest garden with all you need and not with the idea of getting rich in mind does not have problems like this. when there's pests, ladybugs and wasps come to eat them. The wasps then help to pollinate. it attracts birds, they eat snails etc etc. its all a balance and humans are thinking they are making life easier but are just making it more idiotic.

  38. I'm no fan of big corporations, and am a strong believer in sustainable (but not "organic") agriculture, but this was poor. The "chemicals are bad, mkay" argument is clear fallacy. But as long as they keep the dreaded dihydrogen monoxide off our food, I'm sure we'll be ok?

  39. In most parts of Asia it has hard to grow multiple crops due to certain variables. For example rice is a crop which in some parts it is the only crop which can grow, fertilizers help get two harvests a year instead of one. This is particularly important as most of the worlds population are in these areas. Isn't distribution an area as well which needs improving to help feed the world, which would make it easier to not use industrial methods of agriculture.

  40. "Turns out it's the corporations profiting from farming" I LOL'ed. Who else is gonna inform people about benefits of their own product? This video has some good points tho. And if it weren't for government subsidizing and regulation, the best method will win through free market principles.

  41. Wake up America. Taxpayer funded farm subsidies are paying for all of those chemicals, keeping all the non=profitable chemical farms going, just to sell more GMO seeds, herbicides and pesticides. The oil and gas industry loves this, because this kind of farming uses tons of oil and gas. Pesticides are made from oil and gas.

  42. Farming is a cycle of use. In an effective farm, and community, everything works together. Industrial farming disrupts a community's ability to sustain itself and creates dependency on government and corporations. It encourages population growth. Don't you think that people in Asia grew other varieties of food and rice effectively, prior to industrial agriculture? Industrial agriculture has produced more food, but not better and not cheaper because its true cost is taxpayer funded.

  43. My father has been trying for over 30yrs to get people to see what rotational grazing, all natural grass fed beef, free range chicken, eggs, milk from all natural grass fed beef cows…goes on and on…Why do you think children start puberty so early? Cancer is so high? our immune systems weakened? Please try to buy locally….support the REAL farmers, not the sell outs….God Bless

  44. You won't need to marry an insanely rich person to do that. There are many people out here who would love to help you reach your goals without putting a ring on your finger. Keeping a diamond in your mind, being persistent yet self-reflective and honest, and utilizing the help of others will be of great help. Best of luck to you! I desire a healthy world as well 🙂

  45. The point that big government makes it hard is exactly the point. Government is tilted to support big chemical farming businesses and the lobbying that goes on damages the family farmer. As for the dirt, here is the math. At 83 pounds per cubic foot, 64 tons is 1,542 cubic feet. An acre is 42,560 sq feet. If the 1,542 cubic feet were scraped off the 42,560 feet evenly, that's 0.035403 feet off an acre which is 0.42 inches. So yes, 64 tons per acre is certainly plausible.

  46. Crazy impossible!!! Thats very subjective…Get involved and you see that the true is even worse! Top soil degradetion is only the tip of the iceberg!!! Cheers

  47. These figures have been around – and growing – since the 70s, when I became aware of them. They are not new.

    What is new is our government's all out assault on farmers, particular small scale natural farmers using organic techniques and refusing to grow with chemical amendments. Sending SWAT teams in to confiscate raw milk and forcing farmers to kill their own heritage pigs because they were legally declared "feral" by government idiots is new.

    We the People need to put and end to this.

  48. Fundamentally the message is a good one, as far as it goes. The US is apparently caught in the grip of big business, but it is not their task alone to "feed the world". How about helping other countries to become self-sustaining while at the same time finding solutions for farmers at home? You know, what works for US farmers just might work for other farmers around the world, with little or no altercation needed.

  49. Excellent video! I so have my heart and soul into supporting and educating people about what the real food is and who provides it!

  50. the property taxes in america are so high, that its forcing farmers to sell to the corporation. compare this to bavaria where there are no property taxes and farms have been in families for years. And in america when farmers pass on, the children have to sell the farm because they can't afford the inheritance taxes. no wonder americans are so sick and fat compared to the rest of the world. CORPORATE FARMING

  51. Come on people, help me bashing the deceptive talk in this video from chemical company of Basf: /watch?v=FhiEJOC_-kc&list=PLF5505A448F70F24B

  52. On march 26th, 2013, President Obama signed into law, what is being called the "Monsanto Protection Act". – "Buried 78 pages within the bill exists a provision that grossly protects biotech corporations such as the Missouri-based Monsanto Company from litigation."

  53. Interesting video, I'm keen to learn more. Can someone link me a few peer-reviewed resources that back up this video's claims?

  54. Buy Sustainable… different regions have different advantages in terms of what they can grow without drastically altering the growing environment.Often things that are grown far away are grown with smaller footprints than those caused by local greenhouses… the trick is finding ecologically and economically efficient ways for transporting those goods.

  55. This is what I have believed for years. I'm glad to see someone that has access to data has done the research. Now, I want to see 'sustainably farmed' logos on things.

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