- Preface of the book "Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction"
by Mark Maslin
Global warming is good for humanity?
This is a very strange statement and Mark Maslin explains why:
"There are two major problems facing humanity in the 21st century: global poverty and global warming. Let's consider global poverty. At the moment we live in a world of plenty where 800 million people go to bed hungry and 15 million children starve to dearth each year. Fundamentally global poverty is about unequal distribution of global wealth and resources. To alleviate global poverty, we need to help poor countries to develop as quickly as possible.
The agribusiness and industrial farmers have for years expressed that organic farming is unprofitable, maybe OK as a tiny niche for those who are willing to pay high prices, but certainly not anything that would ever feed the world.
The view of agribusiness is probably not changing much, since they earn their money on selling their products to industrial farmers and their profits depend on the amount of products - hybrid and genetically modified seeds, pesticides of all kinds and chemical fertilizers. But as many smaller farmers show that it is actually profitable to farm organically and as more and more customers ask for organically grown products, and as the crop varieties for organic farming are developed, even some of the industrial farmers become interested in this.