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June 10, 2012

The Largest Driver of Climate Change. {Video}

Photo: The Knowles Gallery

It’s the other inconvenient truth.

The intersection of land use, food and environment is an incredible global issue.

Demand for food is skyrocketing. As a result, agriculture has become the largest driver of climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental destruction. Agriculture uses 40% of our earth’s land surface and accounts for 70% of water use. At TEDx Twin Cities, Jonathan Foley shows why we desperately need to begin “terraculture”—farming for the whole planet.

Jonathan Foley discusses the complex environmental systems and their affects on society. His computer models have shown the deep impact agriculture is having on our planet. Watch this video to learn how Jonathan suggests we tackle this problem as the need for agriculture grows.

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