University of Minnesota study: To save planet, humans must alter diet and farming methods

EXCERPT: “Earth won’t be able to support growing human populations without significant changes in human diets and farming efficiency. That’s the conclusion of a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota. Scientists suggest shifts in food production systems — a move from conventional to organic agriculture — won’t be enough to stave off environmental degradation. Researchers looked at the environmental effects of different combinations of food production systems, crops and input efficiencies, like feed and fertilizers. Environmental effects included land and energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and eutrophication, the enrichment of water by nutrient runoff.” FULLSTORY: