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Fossil Fuels: Feeding The World and Restoring Wildlife Habitat (Guest: Dennis Avery)

February 27, 2019

Agricultural researcher Dennis Avery says the development and use of fossil fuels made it possible to feed the world's growing population, and without them 6 billion people would starve within one year.

Author, agricultural researcher, and Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Dennis Avery says the development and use of fossil fuels has lead to giant leap in agricultural productivity which made it possible to feed the world's growing population. Simultaneously, because fossil fuels made it possible to produce more food on less land, millions of acres of former farm lands have been reclaimed by nature, providing vast acres of additional wildlife habitat. The additional carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is leading to a greening of the earth. Fossil fuels benefit humankind and wildlife alike and ending their use will result in starvation, malnutrition and premature deaths, and the destruction of nature.
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H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
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Dennis Avery is a senior fellow with The Heartland Institute, director of the Center for Global Food Issues, and a senior fellow of the Hudson Institute.
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