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On May 19, 2014, Big Ideas Live! host Janet Neilson interviewed Dr. Pierre Desrochers of University of Toronto Mississauga about how the West has conquered famine, how fresh fruit all year round can have anything to do with declining hunger around the world, and why could the hundred-mile diet could endanger the progress we've made.




Check out the materials below to learn: 

  • Why everywhere can contribute to feeding the world 

  • Why wanting fresh vegetables in the winter can help feed the poor 

  • Why famine still happens and how we might solve it


Check back soon for audio from "Can We Feed the World?"


Related Material:

This event was based on the topic of comparative advantantage. If you'd like to learn more, check out FEE's learning module on comparative advantage.

From The Freeman: "Drought, Famines, and Markets" by previous Big Ideas Live! guest Steve Horwitz  

Prof. Desrocher's book, The Locavore's Dilemma, on Amazon.

As we mentioned in our event, here is a link to the Harvard Forest Dioramas, which tell one version of the tale of how humans have influenced our environment over time. 


Video of the full event can be found below!