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Feeding Everyone No Matter What
Managing Food Security After Global Catastrophe
1st Edition - November 14, 2014
Authors: David Denkenberger, Joshua M. Pearce
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Feeding Everyone No Matter What presents a scientific approach to the practicalities of planning for long-term interruption to food production. The primary historic solution… Read more
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Feeding Everyone No Matter What presents a scientific approach to the practicalities of planning for long-term interruption to food production.
The primary historic solution developed over the last several decades is increased food storage. However, storing up enough food to feed everyone would take a significant amount of time and would increase the price of food, killing additional people due to inadequate global access to affordable food. Humanity is far from doomed, however, in these situations - there are solutions.
This book provides an order of magnitude technical analysis comparing caloric requirements of all humans for five years with conversion of existing vegetation and fossil fuels to edible food. It presents mechanisms for global-scale conversion including: natural gas-digesting bacteria, extracting food from leaves, and conversion of fiber by enzymes, mushroom or bacteria growth, or a two-step process involving partial decomposition of fiber by fungi and/or bacteria and feeding them to animals such as beetles, ruminants (cows, deer, etc), rats and chickens. It includes an analysis to determine the ramp rates for each option and the results show that careful planning and global cooperation could ensure the bulk of humanity and biodiversity could be maintained in even in the most extreme circumstances.
Summarizes the severity and probabilities of global catastrophe scenarios, which could lead to a complete loss of agricultural production
More than 10 detailed mechanisms for global-scale solutions to the food crisis and their evaluation to test their viability
Detailed roadmap for future R&D for human survival after global catastrophe
Researchers, professionals and students in food security, food engineering, disaster management and public health
About the authors
Chapter 1: Introduction
1.1. Introduction to the challenge
Chapter 2: Worldwide Crop Death: The Five Crop-Killing Scenarios
2.1. The five crop-killing scenarios
2.2. Abrupt climate change
2.3. Lesser evils – global crop irritating scenarios
2.4. Serious problems that do not threaten global food supply
2.5. Food spoilage
Chapter 3: No Sun: Three Sunlight-Killing Scenarios
3.1. Three sunlight-killing scenarios
Chapter 4: Food Storage, Food Conservation, and Cannibalism
4.1. Reduction of pre-harvest losses
4.2. Increased food supply for moderate disasters
4.3. Limited crop supply
4.4. Maximum food storage
4.5. Food solutions from preppers and survivalists
4.6. Beyond Mormon preparedness: practical Limitations to storing 5 years of food
4.7. Survivalism and Cannibal Mathematics
Chapter 5: Stopgap Food Production: Fast food
5.1. The 10 °C crisis and the 20 °C crisis
5.2. Stopgap food production: fast food
5.3. Mushroom fast food
5.4. Not quite as good as mushrooms – bacteria to humans fast food
Chapter 6: Fiber Supply for Conversion to Food
6.1. Fiber supply for conversion to food
6.2. Worst case: 20 °C crisis fiber availability
6.3. Wood chipping
6.4. Fire suppression
Chapter 7: Solutions: Stored Biomass/Fossil Fuel Conversion to Food
7.1. Solutions introduction
7.2. Sushi for dinner?
7.3. Oil and gas for dinner? the case for industrial food
7.4. Trees for dinner? stored biomass conversion
7.5. What will probably not work: shipworms, termites, gribbles, earthworms, and reptiles
9.2. Nuclear stockpiles increasing if reduced risk of nuclear winter causing mass starvation?
9.3. Greenhouse gas emissions increasing if starvation risk of abrupt climate change diminished?
9.4. Moral hazard of other risks
9.5. Conclusion: why you are able to read this book now
Chapter 10: Serious Prepping: A Guide to Necessary Research
10.1. Policy implications
10.2. Applying solutions to catastrophes now to provide food for today’s hungry
10.3. Future work
10.5. How can i prepare myself and my family?
10.6. What can i do?
No. of pages: 128
Published: November 14, 2014
Imprint: Academic Press
eBook ISBN: 9780128023587
Dr. David Denkenberger received his bachelor's from Penn State in Engineering Science, his master's from Princeton in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and his doctorate from the University of Colorado at Boulder in the Building Systems Program. His dissertation was on his patent-pending expanded microchannel heat exchanger. He is a research associate at the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute. He received the National Merit Scholarship, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and is a Penn State distinguished alumnus. He has authored or co-authored over 30 publications and has given over 60 technical presentations.
Affiliations and expertise
Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, Durango, CO, USA
Joshua M. Pearce
Dr. Joshua M. Pearce received his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. He then developed the first Sustainability program in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education as an assistant professor of Physics at Clarion University of Pennsylvania and helped develop the Applied Sustainability graduate engineering program while at Queen's University, Canada. He currently is an Associate Professor cross-appointed in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the Michigan Technological University where he runs the Open Sustainability Technology Research Group. His research concentrates on the use of open source appropriate technology to find collaborative solutions to problems in sustainability and poverty reduction. His research spans areas of electronic device physics and materials engineering of solar photovoltaic cells, and RepRap 3-D printing, but also includes applied sustainability and energy policy. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and is the author of the Open-Source Lab:How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs.
Affiliations and expertise
Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, USA