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Feeding everyone no matter what : managing food security after global catastrophe

Author: David Charles Denkenberger; Joshua Pearce
Publisher: London : Academic Press, 2015.
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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  Read more...
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Denkenberger, David Charles.
Feeding everyone no matter what.
London : AP, Academic Press, [2015]
(OCoLC)903728527
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Charles Denkenberger; Joshua Pearce
ISBN: 9780128023587 0128023589
OCLC Number: 896800254
Description: 1 online resource (134 pages)
Contents: Introduction --
Worldwide Crop Death: The Five Crop-Killing Scenarios --
No Sun: Three Sunlight-Killing Scenarios --
Food Storage, Food Conservation, and Cannibalism --
Stopgap Food Production: Fast food --
Fiber Supply for Conversion to Food --
Solutions: Stored Biomass/Fossil Fuel Conversion to Food --
Practical Matters: Energy, Water, Nutrition, Taste, Biodiversity, and Cooperation --
Moral Hazard --
Serious Prepping: A Guide to Necessary Research.
Responsibility: 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 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.

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