Feeding Everyone No Matter What

1st Edition

Managing Food Security After Global Catastrophe

Authors:

  • Joshua Pearce
  • David Denkenberger
  • Description

    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.

    Key Features

    • 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

    Readership

    Researchers, professionals and students in food security, food engineering, disaster management and public health

    Table of Contents

    • About the authors
    • Chapter 1: Introduction
      • Abstract
      • 1.1. Introduction to the challenge
    • Chapter 2: Worldwide Crop Death: The Five Crop-Killing Scenarios
      • Abstract
      • 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
      • Abstract
      • 3.1. Three sunlight-killing scenarios
    • Chapter 4: Food Storage, Food Conservation, and Cannibalism
      • Abstract
      • 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
      • Abstract
      • 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
      • Abstract
      • 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
      • Abstract
      • 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 conve

    Details

    No. of pages:
    128
    Language:
    English
    Copyright:
    © 2015
    Published:
    Imprint:
    Academic Press
    Print ISBN:
    9780128021507
    Electronic ISBN:
    9780128023587

    About the authors

    Joshua 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.

    David Denkenberger

    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.