Global food production

Food66%

According to a snappy new video developed by the World Wildlife Fund, roughly one-third of the world’s landmass is currently being used to produce food to feed the more than 7 billion occupants (some significantly better than others). By 2050 this number is supposed to double (66%) and with it come a number of challenges, not the least of which is the harsh reality that we simply might not have enough non-urbanized, arable land to support the population based on current food production techniques and technologies.

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Daily deals gone wrong

Cupcakes102,000

Over the past year or so I’ve been a fairly vociferous critic of Chicago-based Groupon.  Not that they needed any additional scrutiny given the plentiful bad press the daily deals darling has received for their “creative” accounting, high customer acquisition costs, pre-IPO swagger, post-IPO shrinking stock price, and the questionable benefit they ultimately bring to their business customers.   Continue reading

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”

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Thanksgiving desserts“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

A special Thanksgiving Day wish to my friends, colleagues, family, and especially to my wife who made the amazing desserts pictured at the right.

Thanksgiving 2011

Thanksgiving dinner248 million (248,000,000)

Happy Thanksgiving to my U.S. based readers!  For those of you who aren’t quite up to speed on the holiday, it stems from when the Pilgrims landed in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620.  After a hard winter in which many people died and with assistance from local Native American tribes, 1621 was one of prosperity and to celebrate the bountiful harvest the Pilgrims held a three-day feast.   Continue reading

1,000 posts

1000On Friday, November 18, 2011 The Road Not Taken crossed the symbolic 1,000 post mark thanks to the loyal readership.  It only took 20 months or approximately 1.6 posts per day.  In honor of this dubious outstanding accomplishment, I’ve included the top 100 posts (and pages) of all time.   Continue reading

Coke’s 125th anniversary

1.7 billion (1,700,000,000)

The Coca-Cola Company is one of the world’s most valuable (#11 world-wide) and venerable brands, as well as one of America’s most beloved companies.   Continue reading

Coffee consumption

Coffee400 billion (400,000,000,000)

It seems that if all other efforts to unify this planet of 7 billion fail, we can at least rally around our universal love of coffee.   Continue reading