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Book:"Feeding everyone no matter what"

PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 5:33 pm
by germanforestgump
Via the swiss i get a interesting book-tip:

David Denkenberger and Joshua Pearce:
"Feeding everyone no matter what - Managing Food Security after Global Catastrophe" (Academic Press, San Diego 2015): ... atter_What

Re: Book:"Feeding everyone no matter what"

PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:12 pm
by Cererean
I have that book.

Cows can digest cellulose. Perhaps their stomachs would have the bacteria we need to pre-digest woodchips to make them edible by ruminants? Of course we'd have to act fast, before they all get slaughtered for their meat... the feed conversion ratio for meat is a lot worse than for milk, and it takes quite a long time to breed the numbers back up.

Maybe we could also feed pre-digested wood to tilapia?

Re: Book:"Feeding everyone no matter what"

PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:34 pm
by Cererean
Lo, we already know how to make sawdust into cattle feed.

The downside, of course, is that cows aren't rapid breeders. I think we'd have to pre-digest cellulose and use it as fish feed, or maybe rabbit and chicken feed. Broiler chickens reach slaughter size within 6 weeks, but they take 16 weeks to reach the point of laying eggs, so it'll take some time to build up the numbers to feed everyone.