Sustainable Paths Toward Global Food Security

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No-till methods reduce topsoil erosion. Photo by NRCS Soil Health, CC BY 2.0.

Some people believe that high-yield, chemical-intensive cropping systems that take full advantage of genetic engineering 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, socially acceptable, and durable.

The debate over these two paths is important and bound to go on for years to come. Many investment decisions and possible changes in policy will be influenced by the twists and turns in this debate.

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Chemical-intensive methods offer high yields. Photo under CC BY 2.0.

Will the concept of sustainable intensification take hold? And if it does, how can it be measured?

Through M2M as new funding and partnerships are established, 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.

We are also open to any suggestions for ways to apply M2M analytical systems to the projection or measurement of impacts on new technology, policy, and investment patterns in those countries striving to achieve a higher level of food security.