M2M Research Areas
Sustainable Paths Toward Global Food Security
Some people believe that high-yield, chemical-intensive cropping systems that take full advantage of GE crop technology offer the surest path to sustainable food security. Others contend that agro-ecological systems that focus on building soil quality and diversifying agro-ecosystems will prove more cost-effective and socially acceptable.
The debate over these two paths is bound to go on for years to come. There is a lot riding on the outcome, since already about one billion people, or around 15% of humanity, is chronically food insecure. Through M2M, we will strive to inform this debate with data-driven quantification of the “human nutrition units” produced per acre or hectare of land devoted to various farming systems and technologies.