Food Scarcity:An inefficient food system may not provide for ten billion people

According to the World Bank the world needs to produce at least 50% more food by 2050, in order to feed a global population which will be boosted to 9 billion people. But climate change could cut crop yields by more than 25%. Unless we change how food is produced and manage our resources, food security will be at risk especially for the world’s poorest.

Scope

  • Learn how the world food pricing system works and what factors are causing it to fluctuate so wildly.
  • Agriculture and biotech firms make big promises about how to increase yields and feed the world, access how likely these are to be correct.
  • Looks at how much land we devote to farming currently and how much will be needed to feed a population of 10 billion people.
  • Examines whether there are any places in the world where agricultural systems could be developed to help alleviate the pressure.
  • Learn which of the worlds staple foodstuff are most at risk.

Reasons to buy

Why is food scarcity such a major concern for the next few decades?

Why are food prices so unstable and why is so much food wasted when some countries are malnourished?

What affect do food shortages have on a populace and who suffers most?

Is climate change having an affect on crop yields, or is this still just theory?

What major technological areas will need development in order to try to protect the world's food supply?

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Table of Contents

OVERVIEW

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Summary

FEEDING THE PLANET WITH TEN BILLION PEOPLE

Is it plausible to feed the world with the available resources?

We already devote a ...

OVERVIEW

Catalyst

Summary

FEEDING THE PLANET WITH TEN BILLION PEOPLE

Is it plausible to feed the world with the available resources?

We already devote a large percentage of land to agriculture

Changing usable food into less efficient sources

CLIMATE CHANGE AS A CONTRIBUTING PROBLEM

Moving from theory to reality in climate change

Coastal flooding and land loss

Environmental disruption damages farming directly

WATER SECURITY IS A BIG PROBLEM NOW

A great deal of the world does not have adequate supplies

Water problems affect development in some specific ways

UNCONTROLLABLE FOOD PRICES

Industrializing food production has allowed us to eat cheaply

High food prices really cause problems in the poorest places

Protectionism is trying to help but it causes other issues

Protectionism can be very wasteful

Recent months have finally seen a drop in prices

Governments increasingly rise and fall on food politics

Turning food into transport energy damages price stability

WHAT ARE THE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

GMO crops and their promises are likely to be examined

Oil shortages could mean alternative energy is needed.

CONCLUSIONS

Perfect storm of problems could be approaching

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